Paper choices

– Paper choices –

About the papers I use and the choices that I offer

All the papers that I use are museum-quality (or archival quality), which means that they meet the requirements of the international standard ISO 9706, requirements related to the quality of the pulp and resistance of the fibers, among others, providing long-lasting properties to the printed creations. 

The papers

I am not paid anything to name them (which would not be a bad idea) but I share with you that I use a brand of paper called Canson.

Canson has been in the market more than 400 years, and “Canson Infinity” (their branch of photo papers of high longevity) more than 150. They have been actively collaborating with the Louvre for more than a decade, and are used by many photographers all around the World. 

Canson has a responsible environmental policy regarding the paper provenance, which together with the quality and training that they provide, leaned the balance towards them.

Papers I offer – artist’s recommendation vs your own choice

Each material provides a different appearance to the print, from the naturalness of the cotton papers to the attenuated reflection of the satin papers (baryta or platine). A change of the model of paper involves a change in contrast, brightness, tonal range, degree of clarity… so each paper produces a different perception of the artwork.

Matte papers provides a more pictorial and soft look to the artworks. This is due to an inferior black density (blacks are not so deep) than satin papers, as well as to a complete absence of shines. The presence of texture can also contribute. Satin papers such as Baryta or Platine have a greater contrast, a brighter white, a deeper black, and they confer a more vibrant and photo-realistic look to the images. Artworks printed in satin papers seem to have more intensity and strength than when they are printed on a matte paper.

I try to find the paper that enhances the atmosphere of the artwork according to what I want to convey.

On this website, when you want to buy an artwork, you can select between two options for the type of paper:

  1. My recommended paper (satin or matte)
  2. Alternative paper (the opposite).

I can find four different reasons to allow you to select the model of paper: 

First of all, even I sometimes doubt. In some cases a paper enhances interesting features of the artwork, but the opposite paper enhances other features equally interesting. For example, in our artwork “A balcony of colorful feathers”, the slight textured matte version of the artwork reveals in a better way the bird feathers, it creates a soft atmosphere which enhances the artwork pictorial look. However, the satin version of the artwork (using platine or baryta), with its attenuated reflection, shows in a very adequate way the window glass, and create a more vibrant and intense scene. Both versions are brilliant.

Secondly, I offer both options to satisfy unconditional fans of one or another type of paper.

The third reason is that the durability of our matte paper (Canson Infinity Edition Etching Rag) is longer than the satin papers (Baryta and Platine).

And finally, the artwork final location and its size may have also an influence when selecting the paper. For example, the attenuated brightness of a small artwork (satin finish, platine or baryta) will not disturb almost never. However, a large format artwork may produce unwanted shines when placed on a wall in front of a window without any additional source of light. This will not happen using a matte paper.

If you are interested in an artwork, I encourage you to follow my recommendation, but you can also choose your favorite paper, or contact me to ask for advice.

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A part of the profits from the sale of these artworks and photographs is donated to support social and environmental projects.   

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