Contributors to DSI’s Kickstarter Campaign Can Get Silver Gelatin Photo Prints

PHOTOGRAPHERS. Just as audiophiles still appreciate the way music sounds on vinyl records, many lovers of fine photography agree that classic black-and-white silver-gelatin prints have a look that digital photo printing methods just can’t match.  But advances in digital photography have threatened the existence of the time-honored process of making silver gelatin prints.

One company striving to keep silver gelatin printing alive is Digital Silver Imaging in Belmont, Massachussets. Their hybrid digltal/analog printing process gives you the control of a digital photography workflow with the distinctive beauty of classic darkroom prints

Now, Digital Silver Imaging (DSI)  is conducting a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for a processor that will enable them to make bigger prints. The processor they want to install will enable DSI to make real silver gelatin photo prints up to 4 x 8 feet from digital files. Their goal is to raise $45,000 by May 17, 2013.

Contributors can qualify for three types of rewards: black-and-white silver gelatin prints on resin-coated or fiber papers from your digital files; high-resolution scans; or signed, collectible back-and-white photographs.

For one top-level contributor, DSI is offering a limited-edition portfolio of Led Zeppelin photographs signed by photographer Herb Greene. The collection includes eighteen 18 x 22-inch silver gelatin fiber prints in a custom, handmade embossed box. The prints show the young Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham and John Paul Jones in Herb’s studio in San Francisco in 1969.

DSI’s Hybrid Digital/Analog Process

DSI currently uses a 20-inch photographic laser enlarger to expose digital files on Ilford photographic black- and-white silver gelatin paper. No film or negatives are required. Once exposed, the light-sensitive black-and-white photo paper is processed in traditional photo chemicals to create beautiful, neutral tone, archival prints.

The printing process uses real silver, not color dyes or inks. The prints show great detail and separation in shadow areas, and are always neutral. They can be chemically toned with selenium or sepia to enhance permanence.


DSI founder Eric Luden says photographers have been asking for larger print ever since the lab opened in 2008. A new processor and exposure unit will allow DSI to provide this service.

“We have already invested funds to build a darkroom for the digital enlarger and contracted a firm to start building the print processor,” says Luden. “We need additional funds to pay for the equipment, transportation across the country, installation, calibration and setup.”

Luden reminds potential donors that “Your contribution will provide real silver gelatin black-and-white prints for years to come.”


Kickstarter: Big Silver Gelatin Prints by Digital Silver Imaging

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Art San Diego Uses Kickstarter to Raise Funds for Art Labs

ART SAN DIEGO (ASD) has launched a Kickstarter campaign in hopes of raising $25,000 to commission 15+ art groups to create “Art Labs” in conjunction with the fair. Commissions will range from $500 to $2,000 per project.

Projects selected for the “Art Lab” designation will run during the ART SAN DIEGO event (September 6-9) in various locations in Balboa Park and throughout San Diego. They can be sited at indoor or outdoor public spaces, but must invite participation by the general public.

ASD organizers plan to release an RFP in late April, seeking proposals related to all disciplines,  including visual art, performance art, multimedia art, fiber arts and online/virtual art.

For 2012, event organizers will be seeking proposals for projects that promote a Creative Clash. For example, they will be seeking Art Lab projects that:

  • Engage art communities to work across disciplines and cultures exploring ways to activate cities and the urban environments through artistic interventions.
  • Establish unique partnerships and result in unusual and unanticipated collaborations.

“We are looking for projects that break into the public realm in surprising ways, reaching people beyond traditional limitations of class, age, race and education,” explained Ann Berchtold, co-founder of ASD. “‘Art Labs will feature single and multi-artist exhibitions, performance, urban multimedia installations, cooperative gallery and institution events and exhibitions, and music performances at locations around town.”

“Art Labs” will be promoted as a key part of ART SAN DIEGO and ARTS MONTH. Artists who are confirmed by mid-July will be featured in the show catalog which achieved over 80,000 impressions (print and online readership) in 2010. “Art Labs” will also receive special promotion through our email distribution list of over 10,000 collectors, our social network channels, iPhone apps, and interactive map.

The 2011 ASD fair had 19 “Art Labs” sites from North Park to Tijuana to the Airport, with some locations hosting multiple projects. Approximately 250 artists, curators and volunteers were involved.

The Kickstarter campaign was launched to support 2012 Art Labs because “All of us at Art San Diego understand the importance of compensating artists for their work.” said Berchtold.  “We feel very strongly about it and want to set the stage with a commitment that all future local non-commercial art involvement in the fair be fairly compensated – either through commerce at the fair or commissions.”


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Kickstarter Campaign: Art Labs at Art San Diego