WET vs. DRY PRINTS

          The term wet can be used to describe most alternative photographic processes, and dry to describe mechanical or mass production processes. The former requires a craftsman to create and is sought by collectors for its uniqueness, lightfastness, and quality, whereas the latter is easily accessible, inexpensive and results are exactly the same every time. The difference between the two is similar to custom made furniture by a carpenter and a 14 dollar table from Ikea, or homemade cookies and chips-ahoy.

          Below are some of the pros and cons of the two processes.

Dry Processes
The ability to print in color.
Easy- limited extra knowledge required.
Limited to papers made for printing.
Fast- push a button and go drink a coffee.
Inkjet prints are not continuous tone prints.
Lack depth/ feels sterile.
Most often feels cheap.

Wet Processes
Limited to black and white with the exception of pigment based processes.
Very difficult to achieve good results.
Can print on any type of paper.
Slow and labor intensive- A good carbon transfer print may take days to achieve.
Continuous tone.
Has life and depth.
The quality is obvious.

          As an alternative process printer, the goal is to always push the boundaries and possibilities of print making. Pressing print on a computer doesn’t allow for the kind of creativity needed to interpret how a photo should look on paper. Alternative processes do, however, give one the ability to use their creativity and craftsmanship to create the beauty only a wet print can provide. If you believe your photo to be a work of art, why compromise when it comes to printing? Click here to contact me.