Archival Print Media For 100+ Years Fade Resistance
Archival Professional Quality Papers
I use Kodak Professional Endura Paper in the Polielettronica printer which has a fade resistance and stability rating of 100+ years in typical home display conditions. 200 years in dark storage. With many photographic papers, trade-offs between the major quality giving properties are made to produce cheaper products. For example, excellent image quality with accurate colour and pleasing flesh reproduction depends on the image dyes formed by the paper. Therefore, colour and flesh reproduction could be compromised to achieve good dye stability. Similarly, dyes optimized for image stability can be more process-sensitive, which can cause difficulties for the finishing lab. Kodak Professional Endura Papers involve no such trade-offs. Both the dye set used and the emulsions and curve shape drive short-term and long-term image quality, as well as ease of handling and processing.
Read more about our photographic papers here wwwuk.kodak.com/global/en/professional/products/papers/enduraMain.jhtml
Irrelevant To Monochrome Printing But Impressive
48bit Laser Precision Printing
The Polielettronica is a world-class laser-based photographic printer which exposes professional photographic papers with a RGB Laser direct from a digital file.
16 bit resolution for each colour gives an amazing 48 bit gamma control, meaning that processing can be made without any loss of information in dark or light shadow areas.
281 Trillion Colours
48bit is an almost inconceivable 281 trillion colours. With the human eye being able to discriminate a mere 10 million colours, this may seem a bit over-kill. However, this high colour depth is used during internal processing to protect against the rounding errors that the human eye can detect with conventional 24-bit manipulation.
(My work is produced in 8bit grey scale so 48bit spec is somewhat irrelavent, however if you are a geek like me you might find it interesting none-the-less.)