Dye Transfer: Best & Worst

It Was The Best & The Worst

dye transfer offered color that was flexible. As an assembly process, the photographer had to put the image together, almost piece by piece. This made it easy to alter, to change, to correct to almost any degree, to match most needs. It was the method. It replaced carbon/carbro because of its ease, rapid work flow, and same flexibility. Actually, dye transfer was more flexible, since other than Kodak supplied dyes could be included in your process.

So why are most of the dye transfer prints so bland? Why is the work of the well known, self certified masters of print, without memorable impact? Some pictures have more than passing value, or have effect beyond technical reproduction, but so few that they seem accidental occurrence.

An Infertile Mind

Names you could know:

  1. Jim Bones,
  2. Ctein,
  3. Charles Cramer,
  4. Eliot Porter

The first 2 on this list made prints for others as well as for themselves. Their work is the least distinct, appearing as though they were so constrained by working for others they couldn’t find their own work.

as technology takes your time, it drains the swamp of imagery, leaving you infertile

Easy Technique provides greater range of imagery possible.