Re: giclee, silver gelatin/gelatin silver was 3 questions
I agree about the use of giclee, which I always thought was a hoot, though I rarely see that used anymore. I think it's now been replaced by the more favored "pigment print," though I suppose that does serve to differentiate it from those inkjet prints that weren't produced with pigment inks. As far as silver gelatin, I actually never saw anything wrong with that use-- especially now-- when that term correctly separates it from a b&w print that's digitally produced. But the term silver gelatin seems on the same plane as, for instance, correctly naming a platinum print. A few years ago, I had some platinum prints at a gallery, and a reviewer referred to those as b&w prints-- never once mentioning that they were platinum prints-- which I found annoying. So I would think someone who had (at this point, painstakingly) slaved away in the darkroom, making some gelatin silver prints and subsequently saw them listed as merely b&w prints, might be frustrated by that, too. It would be sort of like calling tri-color gum prints, just "color prints."
I saw some gelatin silver prints recently, and they really did look unusual and sort of quaint-- right down to the very subtle spotting that was done.
As an aside, I can't remember how long I've been on this list-- and certainly remained a long-time lurker more than a helpful contributor-- but I can't tell you how much I've learned (and am still learning) from the folks on this list-- on-list and off-list-- too numerous to mention. So, thanks so much everybody!
On Nov 20, 2008, at 9:44 AM, Christina Z. Anderson wrote:
AFAIK it is "gelatin silver", a term coined in the 1870's. It was gelatin