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F.A.Q.s – Which paper do you use for prints?

Now that my photography exhibition has finished, I thought I’d put up the answers to a few frequently asked questions.

Which paper do you use for prints?

I use paper by Hahnemühle  a very old German company that produces some of the best fine art papers in the world.

The particular paper I use for my Limited Edition Prints and for the prints on display at exhibitions is the Photo Rag Peari 320 from their Digital FineArt Collection.

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 - Audrey deserves the best!

Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl 320 - Audrey deserves the best!

The paper is actually 100% cotton rather than cellulose, with a pearl coating that give the prints a luminous quality.

Of particular importance is that the paper is certified as archival grade. Some examples of archival testing done on Hahnemühle papers with Epson’s UltraChrome K3 pigment inks can be seen here. Here are the results of another study by Wilhelm Research that tested Hahnemühle papers with Canon’s Lucia pigment inks.  

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I use Canon’s Lucia inks for their longevity, but also because their professional printers use 12 ink cartridges. This means they produce a wide color gamut that allows me to print rich saturated blues. The fact that under regular glass the prints shouldn’t fade for at least 100 years and under UV-cut glass at least 150 years is why I can offer a lifetime fade free guarantee.

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