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    Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    I do not currently have a classic wet darkroom. But, even if I did, the largest B&W blow-up I could probably make is 16x20 inches.

    Now I need to make some 20x24" or larger prints from my B&W 4x5" negatives for an exhibition of my work in Los Angeles in late August.

    Can anyone suggest a lab that will make archival prints for the exhibition? I would prefer classic wet darkroom prints but would be open to other processes as long as they are archival.

    Thanks,
    Terry

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    http://www.schulmanphotolab.com/

    They were referred to me some years ago by one of the managers at Freestyle. I have not used them lately but a few years ago they did a fine job for me with some selenium-toned, fiber-based prints. I also occasionally use them for B&W film processing. They get busy sometimes and delivery times can slip, so be sure to negotiate turn-around time up front to avoid any issues.

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    If you don't mind scanning and inkjet printing, 20x24" is "small" ;-) For that size, you don't even have to drumscan it, a V7x0/V8x0 scan would be fine. Drum scan will of course give higher quality.

    I do my own printing up to 24x36", so can't give you advice on commercial places, but with the new inkjet and paper technology, archival quality rivaling those from darkroom can be easily achieved. Some diehard refuse to believe that, and since the only sure proof is to wait a hundred years, YMMV

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    I have inkjet prints hanging and platinum palladium hanging side by side here in my gallery.

    Which one do you think will last the longest?

    diehard bob
    Quote Originally Posted by richardman View Post
    If you don't mind scanning and inkjet printing, 20x24" is "small" ;-) For that size, you don't even have to drumscan it, a V7x0/V8x0 scan would be fine. Drum scan will of course give higher quality.

    I do my own printing up to 24x36", so can't give you advice on commercial places, but with the new inkjet and paper technology, archival quality rivaling those from darkroom can be easily achieved. Some diehard refuse to believe that, and since the only sure proof is to wait a hundred years, YMMV

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by bob carnie View Post
    I have inkjet prints hanging and platinum palladium hanging side by side here in my gallery.

    Which one do you think will last the longest?

    diehard bob
    Unless you're the next big discovery in the art world, does it matter?

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaTerry View Post
    I need to make some 20x24" or larger prints from my B&W 4x5" negatives for an exhibition of my work in Los Angeles in late August.

    Up to 20x24" here
    .

    Larger here.

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    Now, now, Bob... That's almost like asking someone to compare a Stradivarius with a squeaky barnyard fiddle. Yeah, they'll both play the same tune, but not with
    the same nuances. And as far as longevity is concerned, it's like a twelve year old arguing with an octogenarian about life experience. Some things are time tested
    already.

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    yes to me it does.
    Quote Originally Posted by MAubrey View Post
    Unless you're the next big discovery in the art world, does it matter?

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    I've had 20x24 prints made by Praus Productions in Rochester. Absolutely fantastic work.
    David Beal
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    capturing today's happiness" (R)

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    Re: Lab Needed: for huge enlargements from my 4x5" negatives

    And besides, Bob does print for the next big discovery!
    Terry, give him a dingaling.
    Bill
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