About this project
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• We've added scanning to the Rewards
The silver gelatin print is the “high water mark” of black & white photographic printing. Advances in digital photography threaten the very existence of this time-honored process. At Digital Silver Imaging we have made it our mission to bring the silver gelatin print into the realm of digital photography. Our hybrid process allows us to make true black & white prints directly from digital files.
With your help we will build and install a processor that can make real silver gelatin prints up to 4x10 feet from digital files.
How our Process Works
At Digital Silver Imaging (DSI) we currently use a 20” photographic laser enlarger to expose Ilford photographic black & white silver gelatin paper. The digital file is used to create the image on the paper, no film or negative required. Once exposed, the real light sensitive black & white photo paper is processed in traditional photo chemicals, resulting in beautiful, neutral tone, archival prints.
Printing with DSI gives the photographer all the control of a digital workflow with the unparalleled beauty and quality of a traditional darkroom print.
Benefits of our Process
Our printing process uses real silver, not color dyes or inks. Unlike inkjet or digital c-printing (Fuji Crystal Archive and Kodak Endura), our prints have greater detail and separation in shadow areas and are more fade resistant. Our photographic process does not utilize color materials. The prints we make are beautiful, always neutral, and can be chemically toned with selenium or sepia to enhance permanence.
Why this Kickstarter campaign?
Our current processor is limited to making prints up to 20” wide. We want to build a processor that can make prints up to 48” wide! Photographers and artists have been asking for larger prints since we started DSI in 2008. A new processor and exposure unit would allow us to provide this service.
We have already invested funds to build a darkroom for the digital enlarger and contracted a firm to start building the print processor. We need additional funds to pay for the equipment, transportation across the country, installation, calibration and setup. We can’t do it without your help.
Your contribution will provide real silver gelatin black & white prints for years to come. Join us in our pursuit of fine black & white imagery and support our campaign today.
We are offering two types of rewards; black & white prints, RC or fiber, from your digital files and signed collectable black & white photographs. We also are offering a special reward of one photographic portfolio of prints by Herb Greene. Herb's limited edition images of Led Zeppelin are sure to be the ultimate Led Zeppelin collectable.
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Join us on our mission to preserve the silver the silver print!
Risks and challenges
We believe that there is minimal risk involved in this project. Installation of the new machinery will require some additional construction; such as, a darkroom to house the exposure unit and some modification to our electrical and plumbing. New construction entails coordinating contractors and acquiring building permits, there could be some delays in this process but we are motivated to get this machinery up and running as soon as possible.
The exposure unit and the processor are currently being prepared. We have already made a cash deposit on both pieces of equipment. The companies preparing our new equipment are established, and have a good history of on time delivery. We are an existing business, so production of real silver gelatin prints will only be briefly interrupted when we transition to the larger print processor.
The delivery of rewards, especially prints above 20", are dependent on the installation and operation of the new equipment. Any delay in installation could effect the delivery of the larger silver gelatin print rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Visit the project page and click “Manage Your Pledge.” Enter a new amount in the pledge amount box. Note that you are not adding to your existing pledge; the amount you enter will be the total amount collected if the project is successfully funded.
We added scanning because many people have film that they need scanned before they can make a print. All our scans are done on the finest quality Imacon scanners.
We return the scan to you using http://yousendit.com via email. We will return your film via US Priority Mail. If you prefer another method of shipment those arrangements can be made after the campaign. However you may need to pay for that shipping yourself.
We will send you mailing information after our campaign ends. Our scanning service is described on our web page in detail: http://digitalsilverimaging.com/scanning_retouching
When you pledge simply enter the amount of the combined rewards. For example, if you want a 20x24 fiber print ($100) and a 35mm scan ($25), just select one of the rewards and manually enter the combined amount ($125) manually in the price box. We will honor your request, just let us know what you'd like.
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