Thursday, December 18, 2014

Taylor Wessing prize at National Portrait Gallery and printing

A lesson in portraiture

Went to see some great Photo's on show at The National Portrait Gallery.

What was staggering about the best of these pictures was the detail and quality- the focus and depth of field illuminated, one can imagine the detail  the photographer wished to highlight.

My favourite was  Ángel Nieto by Ben Stockley but the Dog and Boy by Laurence Cartwright was remarkably evocative (for me) of youthful holidays also with children and dogs was the winner a small child, Konrad Lars Hastings Titlow being held (The Photo' is by his father David Titlow).

There's also a revealing picture of Silvio Berlusconi (more on him here)

After visiting the Taylor Wessing exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery (a bargain at £3) as well as realising how great some photographic portraits can be I have learned a little about printing noticing that as well as Inkjet some prints were labelled as Colour Coupler Printer  .

I hadn't realised that the C-Print I'd seen on the Title and  Details of prints when shown was actually an abbreviation of Colour Coupler Printer.

This in fact refers  to a photographic print made from a colour negative using the same extremely light-sensitive silver salts as found in silver gelatin prints,  the silver salts though  'couple' with coloured dyes to form these potentially high-resolution prints.

The prints are often able to show very fine detail and the continuous tone resolution is equivalent to a 4000 dpi printer, finer than film grain, with no 
visible dots, 
Colour Coupler Printers produce a wide colour Gamut and accurate fidelity no inkjet, dye sublimation or electrostatic printer can get close to this degree of detail - so there you go.

The Edith Cavell statue just across the road from the NPG

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