Carbon Transfer Print

I am now selling a small selection of Limited Edition Carbon Transfer Prints, at the moment I have one for sale, more will be added in the coming months.

Why Buy a Carbon Transfer Print
Sought by collectors and demanding artists, handmade prints such as platinum or carbon transfer capture the beauty that great photos deserve. The carbon print has been around since the late 19th century, and is practiced today by a small handful of people who value quality and artistry over all else. Renowned for its archival stability, rich shadows, clarity, and luxurious texture the carbon print is considered the pinnacle of photographic processes.

A print is created by sensitizing a sheet of pigmented gelatin, exposing it in contact with a large negative, transferring the gelatin sheet to paper, then developing in hot water. Areas of gelatin where light could pass through the negative are hardened and don’t melt away in the hot water, but everything else does, leaving an image.

Carbon Transfer Print Video


Unlike an inkjet print that relies on dots to create tones, the carbon process varies density through thickness of the gelatin layer; thick areas are dark and visa versa. This difference in thickness creates texture and dimension in a print.

Here are other reasons why carbon prints are desirable: choice of high quality papers or even canvas and glass, choice of pigments, no metamerism failure or glazing, no need for an ink receptive coating, durability, touching the print doesn’t leave fingerprints, and no two prints are never exactly the same.

Archival Stability: No other photograph will last as long. Since the prints are made of pure carbon pigment, they will never fade.

Exclusivity: Even more so than a platinum print, carbon prints are enormously difficult, time consuming and expensive to make.

Durability: Even well made and conserved silver or platinum prints have many archival issues. The carbon print has been around for 150 years and its durability is proven. One can rub a coin aggressively against the surface of a carbon print and not make a scratch.

One of a Kind: No two prints are ever the exact same. Carbon prints are works of art, not copies of it.

No Color Failure: Black and white inkjet prints are often made with colored inks. Depending on the lighting or viewing angle, these prints will change hue. This effect is called metamerism failure. Since carbon prints only use black carbon pigment, the image is always black and white regardless of viewing conditions.

Paper: Since the photo will never fade, the paper must last as long as possible. Prints come on the highest quality and heaviest pure cotton watercolor papers available.

My images are Carbon Transfer Printed by Calvin Grier.

Calvin has perfected a system for repeatedly achieving superb highlights in Carbon prints which is notoriously difficult to achieve.

Below are some examples of the textural quality of the Carbon Print.
Please keep in mind that images uploaded make it difficult to show the wonderful quality and depth of the Carbon Transfer Print.

Wet Texture


Dry Texture


If you are interested in buying one of my Carbon Transfer Prints please click the link below for more information and prices.

Carbon Transfer Print Page