Had a museum call and want to look at what I could do for them on printing, copying older prints and reprinting, printing from glass plates and copy work on tintypes/whatnot and making prints for new displays.
They have had a few photographers in and all were digital copywork and all digital printing.
I came in and set down some silver prints, pt/pd prints from negs as well as older glass plate negs, color digital and then Ilfochromes(cibachrome prints) from the color work. The first thing the museum director did when the ilfochromes hit the table was say "I want those!" and with the pt/pd was say "they look like the old prints we have in the archives".
He then pulled out the samples from the other photographers and all were digital prints with some of them being very well done. None matched the silver, pt/pd or the ilfochromes. The museum went for 'real photography' with silver printing, pt/pd printing and ilfochromes where we were working from 4x5 to 8x10 chromes. Some will be done digitally, such as the copy work of older circuit camera prints that need to be restored.
They told me they have been having a hard time finding photographers who know what 'real photos' are and keep getting speils on the great advantage of everything digital. Trouble is that they want the original processes, not 'faking it' as the director termed so much of the digital printing and work they have seen. I had to take extra time explaining that for some work the digital route made the most sense but for others nothing works as well as the hand made prints but they would definately cost him more. He knows that and opted for the real deal, real pt/pd printing from the plates and real contact prints from many of the older negatives.
Kind of fun getting work I enjoy in processes I do and working with people who want it authentic instead of 'as good as'.