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    Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Hi everyone I need help and I have no idea if I'm even in the right sub forum. I bought a box of negatives from an estate sale 5-6 years ago. They're beautiful shots of Paris, a place I love, and I would love to get prints made. They belonged Thomas Yanul and they seem to be from an exhibition he did in Paris in the mid 90s.

    The negs are 10"x20" and the envelopes all have development info on them like exposure times, layers, sizes. On some he mentions "4ft print" or "3ft print" needed. My question is: Can someone tell where I can send negs this size for printing, and what I should expect to pay? Google hasn't been really helpful. Mostly I think because of the irregular size of these negatives. Thank you so much in advance.
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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    With 10" x 20" you're in contact print land. Perhaps you can find a private photographer to contact them for you. You may possibly get a commercial lab to scan them for you and then print them. Good luck! L

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Thank you! There are a few commercial labs in the Chicago area so, I'll try to reach out. Any preferences?

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    For maximum quality this requires either contact printing on to silver-gelatin paper in the darkroom, or scanning to a digital file using a large flatbed scanner or stitched captures off a light panel or light table with a copy stand setup for processing and output via inkjet printer or laser to color or black and white silver-gelatin paper. There are specialist labs that are equipped to do some or all of these. But it will be labor-intensive and likely very expensive.

    An alternative with some compromise in quality would be to place these on a large light table and photograph them via single exposure with a digital camera, then process the resulting digital files to make inkjet or laser digital prints. This too requires some experience and skill to do well, but it is potentially somewhat less labor-intensive and thus less costly than the higher-quality options. And depending on the technical quality of the negatives and on what you expect of the prints, this way may be adequate for your purposes.

    How many negatives do you want to have printed? If it's more than a very few the total cost to have it done by a specialist lab could easily run into the many hundreds or even thousands of dollars.

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    For maximum quality this requires either contact printing on to silver-gelatin paper in the darkroom, or scanning to a digital file using a large flatbed scanner or stitched captures off a light panel or light table with a copy stand setup for processing and output via inkjet printer or laser to color or black and white silver-gelatin paper. There are specialist labs that are equipped to do some or all of these. But it will be labor-intensive and likely very expensive.

    An alternative with some compromise in quality would be to place these on a large light table and photograph them via single exposure with a digital camera, then process the resulting digital files to make inkjet or laser digital prints. This too requires some experience and skill to do well, but it is potentially somewhat less labor-intensive and thus less costly than the higher-quality options. And depending on the technical quality of the negatives and on what you expect of the prints, this way may be adequate for your purposes.

    How many negatives do you want to have printed? If it's more than a very few the total cost to have it done by a specialist lab could easily run into the many hundreds or even thousands of dollars.
    I'd only be looking to print 3-4 max. Should that be under maybe 5-600$?

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia S. View Post
    I'd only be looking to print 3-4 max.
    OK, that helps a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Lydia S. View Post
    Should that be under maybe 5-600$?
    Can't say for sure, but I would be optimistic that somewhere you can find the right mix of capture and printing services to get good quality prints done within that amount.

    Per other posts, the alternative is that you find a photographer with the right equipment and skills who is willing to do a favor for you. With only 3-4 negatives to work with that becomes a more reasonable request.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    I wonder about Copyright and have no idea what applies

    http://www.thomasyanul.com/yanulbio.html

    Many here have 10X20 contact print split back frames for various ways of printing which he may have used

    Perhaps more important to Chicago as described in Link

    Be careful handling them, they may be valuable
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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    You might look for Anton. He is a member here and has built a 20 x 24 inch enlarger that he might be able to use. He lives in Russia and is a fantastic photographer and printer. I have no idea as to cost. Not sure if your commitment to the project and how far you might be willing to go but I would start with him. I canít remember his exact handle here but he is artoffoto on Insta. And here is a YouTube of the enlarger.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jWYzDca1aAs

    Iíve shared some possibility of printing one of my 20 x 24 inch negatives really big just to see how it would look huge.

    You can also direct message Bob Carnie on this site. He could scan it for you and then print it big. In my opinion he is one of the top printers in the entire world and we are lucky he contributes here.

    Hope that is helpful.

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Monty, this is very helpful. Thank you for the recommendation of Mr. Carnie. I'll reach out to him to see if he'd be interested in helping me with this.

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    Re: Extra Large Negative Printing Questions. Not a photographer...

    Look for labs that offer one or more of the following:

    * Fine art repro services
    * Large-format flatbed scanning services (Epson 10000XL/11000XL/12000XL, Screen Cezanne, IQsmart, Eversmart)
    * Drum scanning services

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