Silver Gelatin Image

Nan Phelps Photography, 2012


Simply put: when an image is framed and displayed, you view it more. And more often. The image nourishes us daily as  our eyes fall on it moving from room to room or glancing from our comfortable chair.

Framing is an  excellent way to protect and preserve your portrait.

"The best traditional silver photo papers properly archivally processed and with care to protect them from  light, heat and moisture, will last over 250 years.(whereas)...Digital discs with images require you to continually copy your archives on to newer types of media as they  become available." (Jeffrey Jay Luhn, Photo Technique Magazine)

When images are valued, the materials selected and how they are  processed and protected is of paramount importance. Traditional prints will always remain relevant. Framing them ensures their longevity. 


Silver Gelatin is the description given by museums and auction houses for traditional photographic prints. Layered on the highest quality fibre paper is a gelatin emulsion infused with tiny flecks of silver. The most popular and stable process for 132 years, it is still widely used by artists today. 

Some of us experience
our world this way: the hair of a spouse, the skin of our baby, the fur of our cat, the fabric of a
favorite shirt. ”

These prints are valued for their superior tonal range and archival properties. Their silver content gives them a subtle luminosity as well as a sensual articulation of space and texture.

Black and White Silver Gelatin distills images down to their essence. Done well, the print is as beautiful as its subject.


A well made object is a thing of joy. It resonates with the passion, experience and time the artist put in to making it. This alone gives depth no industrial object can ever have. 

In the field of photography, a fine art print is especially valued when printed by the photographer-artist. Handmade prints created near the time of the original photograph are thought to best represent the maker's vision. This silver print is fully his or her work and best portrays the ideas and feelings that inspired the photo at the moment of creation. 

Ansel Adams said, "the negative is the equivalent of the composer's score, the print is the performance."

Making a wonderful picture is only half the task, creating the finished print is the other half. When that level of caring and quality is married to images of the people you love, the prints truly become family treasures.