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I've been printing b&w images for over 20 years using "normal" kodak papers and chemistry. When I visit gallaries and art shows I keep seeing b&w images labled silver gel prints, and other "arty" sounding names. Are these prints made any different than traditional prints or is it just a packaging for high prices?
-- manuel bartush (email@example.com), March 01, 2002
It is just a name for the standard (or "traditional") black and white print, which is composed of grains of silver in a gelatine coating over paper.
-- Ed Buffaloe (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 01, 2002.
Art galleries generally specify the medium: "acrylic on canvas", "oil on masonite", etc. IMO it is reasonable to do the same for photographs, especially with the introduction of new digital media: "silver gelatin", "platinum", "ink jet on watercolor paper", etc. This gives the prospective buyer important information about the art.
-- Chris Ellinger (email@example.com), March 01, 2002.