When you order prints from Raymond Parker Photography, you can rest assured you’re investing in quality photographic images.
Each print (or postcard) is produced to archival standards using the finest materials: stable pigment inks and archival papers. I use the Epson Stylus® Pro 4900, with its 11 UltraChrome® HDR inks for colour that really pops and black and white images featuring a wide colour gamut and smooth tonal transitions.
UltraChrome® inks have been shown by independent testing to be extraordinarily lightfast. The latest results from Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., though preliminary, indicate a permanence rating for black and white prints made with UltraChrome HX inks using Epson’s “Advanced Black and White Print Mode” (which I use exclusively for B&W) will likely exceed 400 years.
“With the increased Dmax, wider color gamut, and reduced metamerism provided by the new Epson UltraChrome HD pigment inks – which taken together serve to significantly enhance the visual brilliance of both color and black and white images – the increased overall permanence of the prints represents a significant contribution to photography.” ~ Henry Wilhelm, Wilhelm Imaging Research.
Each print is crafted from original scan or digital camera file through the printing process by the photographer — that’s me. Finished prints are protected in acid and lignin free • archival safe Crystal Clear Bags. Limited-edition prints are signed and embossed (see above) with my personal seal. Edition or artist’s proof number are stamped en verso.
While the lithographed posters, can’t quite match the permanence and subtlety of pigment-based prints, they still have a beauty all their own. Printed on a state-of-the-art Heidelberg 4-colour press on 80lb / 118 gsm McCoy Silk Cover (Green-e Certified), using the duotone process, they are as long-lasting as any coffee table book. At 24″ x 30″ (image size 18″ x 18″), they strike a perfect balance between quality and affordability.
Of course, little of the beauty of these products can be imparted by even the best computer screen. Suffice to say that I take great pains to produce images that will shine and stand the test of time.
In the video below, National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson endorses the Epson 4900.
Incidentally, if you see something you like that is not included in the sales galleries, please inquire using the contact form linked in the navigation menu above.
In the coming weeks, I’ll be visiting more of the background stories associated with some of the images on this site.
Raymond Parker’s photographs are represented in public, private and corporate collections, including the Canadian Museum of Civilization, Vancouver Public Library, Air Canada, The Royal Bank and Ford Motor Company. More bio info here.