‘Print’ is a word that incorporates everything ranging from simple linocut to serigraph. It is similarly broad when it is referring to a photograph. Coming to a full comprehension of the kind of photograph that one wants to collect is something of absolute importance as photographs are of many types in the today society and especially in London. A lot of people who are new to the different types of photographs can be easily misguided by labels of marketing that are likely to make a certain kind of photograph sound more interesting than it really is. For instance, most people tend to confuse between vintage prints and the modern prints.
A vintage print, in photography, is the very first print made by a photographer after coming up with a negative. Vintage prints are conventionally considered as the initial piece of art. This is because with vintage prints, a person is in a position of obtaining many other copies from the very same negative. This is to mean that it is on the vintage print that the photographer signs. In the market of art, however, this term is particularly utilised to refer to old prints of the nineteenth century such as etching, steel engraving as well as lithography.
What qualifies a print to be called vintage?
Vintage prints in London are printed by an artist or under the close supervision of an artist shortly after exposing and developing the negative from which the vintage print was made from. Some expert photographers are of the opinion that a print can only be termed as ‘vintage’ if only it is made making use of the procedures as well as materials accepted by the photographer who came up with the negative. It is added that the vintage print is only a single kind of itself which may be gotten from the negative. This is to mean that so as to have a vintage print, it not only ought to be made by the photographer himself but also according to his liking making use of the materials and chemicals that he approves of.
Vintage prints in London don’t have to be necessarily signed by the photographer or artist himself as much as in the contemporary society this practice adds some value of assurance that the print in question is vintage.
Are they expensive?
Vintage prints are normally highly priced than the other types of prints since they are original. The fact that they were made during the artists’ lifetimes, by the artists themselves or under their close supervision as well as with the techniques and materials approved by them makes them cost higher than the other kinds of prints. A lot of value is attached to vintage prints as compared to the value given to photographic prints. This, it should be carefully noted, is not meant to denote that these other print kinds ought to be less appreciated or undervalued.
Photographers who are not photography collectors are likely to be ignoramus of the obsession of the art market with the vintage prints. It can be referred to be some kind of hysteria, a form of derangement.
Vintage prints are supposed to be very authentic since they reflect the manner in which the artist was visualizing and working at that particular time. This fact can also be seen as a way of increasing scarcity of them and consequently hyping their rarity – thus jacking up their costs. They are also used in distinguishing those artefacts that were made as the very original pieces from the later editions made in order to capitalize on the pictures’ popularity or the photographers’ growing reputation.