What Makes a Traditional Black and White Print?

Each Dennis Greaney Fine Art print is created using the same five basic steps:218_maroon_bells

  • Expose a piece of film
  • Develop the film into a negative
  • “Work the negative” until the print achieves Dennis’ vision
  • Additional prints may then be created
  • The negative is archived, prints are dried and prepared for mounting and framing

Part of what makes Dennis Greaney Fine Art prints special is the traditional methods used to create them.  Typically Dennis’ negatives are made using Kodak T-Max 100 (either 5×7 or 8×10 sheet film) and processed in a D-76 solution mixed 1:1.  The prints are made using Ilford double weight fiber paper which is then double fixed and selenium toned for longevity.  Prints are thoroughly washed in a vertical print washer and carefully allowed to dry for a minimum of 48 hours.  Once the print is dry, it is mounted on museum quality archival mat boards with acid-free mounting tissue.

Although each print takes a considerable amount of time and meticulous effort to create, this archival printing and mounting process is the only way to ensure print permanence and collectability. Given proper care, your print will last hundreds of years without fading.


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