Taking Photographic Papers Seriously
The choice of paper on which a photograph is printed must be sympathetic with the subject matter of the work. The right choice can immensely enhance the impression it imparts to the viewer. Just as you wouldn't choose to drink a fine wine from an earthenware mug, nor surely would you print a good photograph - worthy of framing - on a low grade photo paper without depth or colour accuracy, or a sympathetic texture. Moreover, you'd prefer the work not to fade or deteriorate with light as most inexpensive everyday papers do. This is why I take such a great deal of trouble to ensure my work is printed on the most appropriate and finest of fine art giclée papers. Of archival, museum and exhibition grade so it will not change over time. Such a high level of quality costs a little bit more but the artwork with which you choose to surround yourself is surely worth it, is it not? I think so. I hope you agree.
My Fine Art Giclée Papers
Canson Infinity Papers
Infinity Aquarelle Rag
This genuine 100% rag, watercolour paper possesses the unique structure, surface texture and warm white tone that demanding photographers expect from a traditional Fine Art giclée paper. This paper complies with the highest archival standards and is extremely age resistant.
Canson Infinity Aquarelle Rag gives a unique and unrivalled character to the Fine Art reproduction of traditional artwork and photographs.
100% Cotton ~ 310gsm ~ Textured Matt White
Infinity Platine Fibre Rag
Canson Infinity Platine Fibre Rag is the combination of the premium 100% cotton Platinum paper that Canson has supplied for many years to the original Platinum and Platine photographic market, with the latest microporous coating, making the traditional darkroom paper now available for digital printing.
Setting the benchmark for Digital Darkroom papers, Infinity Platine Fibre Rag provides superior aesthetic, feel and true pure white tone without using optical brighteners that adversely affect the longevity of digitally produced images.
Platine Fibre Rag’s extremely deep black (Dmax) and exceptional grey tones make it the product of choice for the more discerning black & white as well as high contrast colour photographic prints.
100% Cotton ~ 310gsm ~ Smooth Satin White
Infinity PhotoSatin Fibre Rag
Canson Infinity PhotoSatin Premium Resin Coated (RC) consists of an alpha cellulose acid-free art paper coated with a structured polyethylene and a microporous receiver layer. This exceptional photographic paper has been designed to comply with the highest lifespan requirements.
This paper gives softened reflections on photographs. It is a great choice for either black & white or colour photography when a slightly glossier finish than Canson's Infinity Platine Fibre Rag (above) is required
100% Alpha-Cellulose ~ 270gsm ~ Extra Smooth Satin White
Hahnemühle Digital Fine Art Papers
Established in 1584 in South Lower Saxony, Germany, Hahnemühle are one of the world's oldest and most respected paper makers.
Their Digital Fine Art Paper Collection is a comprehensive assortment of high-quality, unique fine art papers created for those looking for something really special. Those who want to get the best out of photographic images. Like here at Worldwide Wayman!
Achieving outstanding printing results and a high age resistance of over 100 years, their papers meet the highest standards for fine art applications and are perfect for long-term exhibitions, art collections and archival purposes. Specially manufactured natural wool felts give these papers their unique surface texture, providing a three-dimensionality that enhances the image effect with an incredible depth. A premium inkjet coating, which results in an impressive reproduction of colour and detail, incredible contrasts and deep blacks, rounds off Hahnemühle's luxurious high-end assortment of individual fine art inkjet papers.
All Hahnemühle papers are certified by independent institutes to be highly resistant to ageing.
Hahnemühle FineArt Agave inkjet paper is produced using agave fibres. 70% of this unique, environmentally friendly fine art inkjet paper is made from sisal fibres. The base material stands out with its bright white natural tone and does not contain optical brighteners.
The rough, yet delicately defined surface texture gives the subject a captivating sense of depth and impresses with a pleasant, soft feel. The matt premium inkjet coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts. Hahnemühle FineArt Agave is acid & lignin free and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
The combination of unique raw fibre materials, bright white natural tone and balanced surface texture delivers exceptionally the high print quality.
70% Agave fibre, 30% Cotton ~ White ~ 290gsm
Hahnemühle FineArt Hemp uses one of the oldest and most diverse natural fibres in the world and is made of 60% hemp fibre. This paper’s base impresses with its bright white natural tone and thanks to the brightness of the hemp fibres no optical brighteners are required.
The lightly textured surface gives the paper a pleasant, silky feel. Combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, this is a truly versatile fine art inkjet paper. Colours and details are brilliantly reproduced, the depth of the black truly stands out and contrasts are reproduced with stunning effect.
It is acid & lignin free and meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance. Hemp was an essential part of paper production for centuries, and due to its extremely robust fibres, it has often been used for long-lasting historical documents, such as the Gutenberg Bible and the US Declaration of Independence.
60% Hemp fibre, 40% Cotton ~ White ~ 290gsm
A bright white paper which enables impressive contrast and pictorial depth. The coating provides a pearl finish.
FineArt Pearl is a cellulosed based inkjet paper with a coating tailored for photographic fine art applications. The bright white paper has a delicate textured surface and a smooth silky feel. Combined with the premium coating, it prints an elegant finish with a subtle, pearl-gloss effect. The paper produces an outstanding reproduction of colour and detail, as well as deep blacks. The paper is acid & lignum free, making it extremely age resistant.
100% α-cellulose, Pearl finish ~ 285gsm ~ Bright white
Metallic Photo Rag
This uniquely special fine art ink jet paper is the only cotton based metallic paper on the market.
Hahnemühle Photo Rag Metallic has a specifically formulated inkjet coating for photographic fine art use. Its natural white cotton paper contains no optical brighteners and has a characteristic photo rag surface structure and sumptuous feel. Photo Rag Metallic features a special silvery-shimmering surface finish. The high-gloss premium inkjet coating with a unique metallic effect guarantees impressive printing results with bold colours, deep blacks and the perfect reproduction of colour and detail. The sophisticated silver metallic effect underscores the image and makes motifs with metallic elements, reflections, ice and glass, architecture and landscape shots, as well as black and white photographs with high-contrast tones really shine. Photo Rag Metallic is acid & lignin free, and meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.
100% Cotton, High–gloss metallic finish ~ 340gsm ~ Natural white
Photo Rag is the most popular type of paper chosen by photographers to create fine art prints. Hahnemühle's renowned Photo Rag is one of the world"s most popular. The white cotton paper boasts a lightly defined felt structure, lending each artwork a three dimensional appearance and impressive pictorial depth. Combined with the matt inkjet coating, this paper produces an outstanding print quality featuring brilliant colours and deep blacks; the paper is lignum & acid free making it extremely age resistant.
100% cotton, Matt smooth ~ 308gsm ~ White
One of my very favourite papers. It is simply superb with some of my photographs.
A bright white, course structured, textured inkjet paper, Hahnemühle's Torchon is a cellulose based fine art inkjet paper with a coating specially tailored for fine photographic applications. The bright white paper has a clear coarsely structured felt character and it is this that gives Torchon its lovely tactile feel. The premium matt inkjet coating produces quite outstanding print results, with bright colours and perfect reproduction of detail. Torchon is lignin & acid free, making it extremely age resistant.
100% α-cellulose, Matt textured ~ 285gsm ~ Bright white
This is the one I often use for my Painterly range of photographs. Hahnemühle Albrecht Dürer is a genuine mould-made paper made from 50% cotton and 50% α-cellulose fibres. The traditional mould-made art paper is refined with a coating specially developed for FineArt applications. The white FineArt inkjet paper does not contain optical brighteners and has a classic, strikingly defined watercolour structure that adds an artistic touch to art reproductions in particular. Combined with the matt premium inkjet coating, this produces impressive FineArt prints boasting vivid colours, deep black and optimum reproduction of detail. The acid- and lignin-free Albrecht Dürer FineArt inkjet paper meets the most exacting requirements for age resistance.
50% cotton, 50% α-cellulose, Matt textured ~ 210gsm ~ White with no optical brighteners
Permajet Metallic Paper
The PermaJet DigitalPhoto Range comprises a variety of Fine Art Giclée papers. All are guaranteed to deliver sharp and vibrant images time after time. One I specifically identified as being ideal for some of my prints is their Fine Art Titanium Lustre paper because of its silver metallic texture. Its long term archival stability guarantees that my images printed on it will last for many years ahead.
Fine Art Titanium Lustre
PermaJet Titanium Lustre has a beautiful pronounced textured lustre finish on a heavyweight 280gsm silver resin coated base.
A photo paper truly resembling the look, feel and print quality of a metallic surface with its high silver pigment content. Incredible detail and clarity is achievable delivering stunning high resolution visual impact and making your images just jump off the paper.
Its great tonal range, wide colour gamut and high Dmax works extremely well with images that have vibrant colours, deep blacks or containing reflective metal surfaces such as chrome, silver or gold. Everyday objects such as watches, jewellery, glass, metalwork and mirrors come to life with almost a 3D effect as well as enhancing water reflections and other surfaces.
Metallic resin coated lustre base ~ 280gsm ~ Silver white
St Cuthbert's Mill Papers
Situated in the ancient Cathedral City of Wells in Somerset in the southwest of England, St Cuthbert's Mill has been making paper since the 1700's, taking advantage of the pure waters of the River Axe. Their experienced papermakers carefully manufacture professional mould-made papers, using one of the few remaining cylinder mould machines left in the world. Their papers greatly appeal to photographers for their purity and distinction.
Their Photographic Printmaking papers - the Somerset Photo range - are rated extremely highly and I have selected two of them as being perfect for digital inkjet giclée printing of some of my more vibrant colour photographs and my darker and most dramatic black & white works. Both these papers are coated to enhance depth, vibrancy and tones that are clear, concise and exceptional. And they will last for many decades into the future without any degradation.
Somerset Enhanced Velvet
Created to give photographers an authentic fine art inkjet paper, capable of producing impressive images. Somerset Enhance Velvet is a stunning matte paper, with an invisible inkjet coating, whose texture will lift images, giving them a beautifully elegant fine art feel.
This paper is traditionally mould-made from 100% cotton, to high archival standards, providing a paper with a genuine heritage. A professional fine art inkjet paper.
Its superior coating delivers amazing finished prints with fine detail and depth of colour.
100% Cotton ~ 255gsm ~ Radiant white
Somerset Photo Satin
My very favourite fine art paper for black & white images, especially 'contrasty' ones with deep blacks. Somerset Photo Satin Matt was developed to provide professional photographers with superior detail on an exquisite smooth matt surface, with subtle hints of surface texture.
Traditionally mould-made from 100% cotton, to high archival standards, Somerset Photo Satin Matt is a paper with a genuine heritage. An acid free archival paper, it will last for hundreds of years (in good storage conditions) and won’t discolour or fall apart. The paper colour is stable and won’t fade. It has a beautifully smooth matt finish with only a hint of texture to enhance the image.
100% Cotton ~ 300gsm ~ Bright white