Traditionally printed by Michael in his darkroom, these handmade photographs are created in editions of 50 or fewer. Each fine print is warmly toned, signed, numbered and finished to museum standards. As a result, these unique photographs have exceptional collector value that will last for generations.
Handmade silver gelatin photographs are offered in size 14×14″ and 19×19″. In addition, three of Michael’s photographs are available as 48×48″ handmade photographs. These exceptional pieces are printed in editions of 10, therefore making these large and rare museum-quality photographs the ultimate in photographic art.
Fine art pigment prints from the black and white film negative are offered in custom sizes from 24×24″ to 56×56″. These prints are the highest quality digital prints in the marketplace. Above all they represent the best of what science and art have to offer. Printed on 300lb. German watercolor paper, the oversize prints are carefully matched for color and integrity with the original artwork. Most importantly, they are proofed and signed by Michael.
Michael’s process begins with a medium-format camera and black and white film. The film is processed, then projected through the enlarger on to pure fiber paper, which has a coating of gelatin and suspended light-sensitive silver grains. Specific areas are lightened; others darkened. His technique is an elaborate, predetermined combination of exposure sequence, exposure time, and varied enlarger settings. When the exposure sequence is complete, the print is run through a series of developing chemicals, washed for one hour, dipped into toning chemicals, washed again, and finally air-dried. Within an edition, no image can be exactly duplicated. This hands-on process makes each Michael Kahn photograph essentially an original.
30×30″ fine art pigment print (center) and two 19×19″ handmade photographs at Focus Gallery, Chatham.
Fine art pigment prints
The fine art pigment prints are the highest quality prints in the marketplace. Michael starts with a 2.25×2.25″ film negative, which is then scanned and the image is printed on an inkjet printer with permanent ink on 300 lb German watercolor paper.
Watch Michael on location as he photographs the J Class Yachts in St. Barths and the Classics in Antigua.