What are C-Prints?

In fine art photography, C-prints are often mentioned.

A C-print, or Type-C, is a colour print that is produced using classic photographic techniques. They were first used commercially by Kodak in 1942 under the name “Kodacolor”.

The term “Type-C” was coined in the 50s.

Type-C prints are created using different plastic bases and on transparent material for displaying transmitted light (Duratrans).

While C-prints are produced in analogue photography by projections via an enlarger, digital Type-C prints are made using digital exposure systems. Here the picture is projected directly onto the paper in the highest resolution possible using a laser colour pixel.

In comparison to ink-based inkjet print, most Type-C prints have a higher colour range and atmospheric designs can therefore be reflected in a more optically interesting way.

However, the photographic development technique means that a perfect exposure requires much more effort, as the pictures can only be developed by a few highly technical and specialised expert laboratories.


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