Handmade silver gelatin photographs
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.
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.