Two Women in a Doorway. Rajasthan, India. 1992
I’m faced with the daunting task of scanning color negatives, and then digitally making prints from the scans of a large body of work dating back to 1992. The problem? Most of the C-prints have faded or have significant color shifts. Back then, no one said that C-prints were archival, everybody said they wouldn’t last 10 years. Well, that’s not necessarily true. I have a lot of color C- prints from that era that seem alright. The blatant culprits are prints that I made at a rental darkroom in NYC. Once, I opened my own color lab in 1994, the prints seem to display less signs of color shift. I owe that to the fact I was mixing my own chemistry. Glad I don’t do that anymore: 25 gallons of developer and 25 gallons of bleach/fix at a time.