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    how large (or small) are your prints?

    I'm just curious. Clyde Butcher and Christopher Burkett make very large prints. Michael Kenna prints 7" square, some folks make 4x5 contact prints. Do you lean one way or the other (large or small)? Or do you print all (or most) of your images in various sizes, or maybe base print size choices on the particular image?

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    I only contact print (alt processes) these days. 120 up to 11x14.
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    The biggest I've done lately is 30x60", but that was a machine print, not in the darkroom.

    Biggest I did in my darkroom when I had one was about 30x40" I think.

    Biggest I've done in a work darkroom, maybe 7 feet by the width of roll paper (42"?).
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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Contact print 4x5 and 8x10. Enlargements nominal 8x10 to 16x20, depending on image. Small prints can be powerful!

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    These days: about 80% 16x20, 10% 20x30, 5% 30x40, and 5% 40x60...all wet-darkroom prints.

    Large prints can be powerful too!

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    I print for the wall at nominal 16x20, the biggest print I could ever make, either in the darkroom or on my desktop. Going larger than that requires an order of magnitude more money.

    I print a lot at 8x10ish, too. And 11x14ish is my usual portfolio size.

    But I’ve done more book-form printing in the last few years, and those range up to 7x9ish, though sometimes I’ll make a 9x16 two-page spread.

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    5X7 to 16X20 FB & RC, contact prints up to 16X20 and enlarged from as small as 35mm to poster size

    Have done 20X24 RC from 8X10

    and made one X-Ray positive 'slide' by enlarging 5X7 onto 4 sheets of 14x17 X-Ray which I taped together after development and attached inside a window

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    My film formats are 35mm and 4x5. Prints are basically all between ~5x7 and ~8x10.

    I grew up looking at photography in books, and truth be told it is still my favourite way of enjoying photographs (assuming the reproduction quality is there, of course) so I just naturally ended up printing in that size range. I've always liked relatively small prints and whenever I've bought prints by photographers I've always selected the smallest size.

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    I'm just curious. Clyde Butcher and Christopher Burkett make very large prints. Michael Kenna prints 7" square, some folks make 4x5 contact prints. Do you lean one way or the other (large or small)? Or do you print all (or most) of your images in various sizes, or maybe base print size choices on the particular image?

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Size of print seems to be directly related to what size film I'm printing: 5x7 for 35mm, up to 10x13 for MF and 4x5, contact prints for 8x10. But, overall, I rarely print beyond about 8x10.

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    Re: how large (or small) are your prints?

    Although I printed some 16x20 color and a few B&W long ago, using a Cibachrome drum I recently sold, I'm content with 11x14 paper as a maximum now, and can just fit 3 such tray, and an elevated wash tub, in my sink. Not every image works well at that size, so I go down to 5x7 paper, with margins, on occasion. Film formats a 35, 645, and 4x5, all B&W silver prints.
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