Printing is an important part of my artwork. It's only in my lab where the image proves to correspond with my ideas about its meaning, statement and poetry. Often this procedure turns out to be a difficult job, depending on my mood and all the different materials, machines and devices I am working with.
I am using Kodak-films format 135, 120 and 4" x 5" and fibre-based papers (Agfa MC111 MC from my stock, Ilford MGIVFB and FOMA fomatone MG classic).
My favourite cameras are: Pentax LX, Hasselblad 501CM and Arca Swiss Discovery.
The lab-equipment includes the enlarger: Durst Laborator L 1200 with Multigraph
To make sure the fibre-based papers are well washed out to be durable for 100 years I rinse the prints for at least one hour in an MACO Ecowash-machine.
All my prints are toned with selenium-toner to enhance the dark parts and to make them durable for 100 years.
The size of my prints usually is:
12" x 16" (30 x 40cm) for 135-negs
16" x 16" (40 x 40cm) and 20" x 20" (50 x 50cm) for 120-negs
16" x 20" (40 x 50cm) and 20" x 24" (50 x 60cm) for 4" x 5"-negs
I finish my work by mounting the prints on MONOGARD-cardboard (delivered by MONOCHROM, Germany).
Mounting vintage prints is problematic because all information on the back of the print will disappear. For that reason I copy this information onto the back of the cardboard, including my signature.
For mounting the prints I use the thermopress ADEMCO-SEAL, following step by step the instructions of Ansel Adams.
Respecting the standard of certain galleries and collectors I do not mount the prints.