How Tyler Shields sold out one of his rarest and most expensive photographs

1/15/2019 ISO 1200 Magazine 0 Comments

How Tyler Shields sold out one of his rarest and most expensive photographs

Only 3 were made and they sold out in one day.



Dye Transfer is a continuous-tone color photographic printing process. The use of dye imbibition for making full-color prints from a set of black-and-white photographs taken through different color filters was first proposed and patented by Charles Cros in 1880. In the 1940s, this process was popularized by Eastman Kodak.


The process requires making three printing matrices (one for each subtractive primary color) which absorb dye in proportion to the density of a gelatin relief image. Successive placement of the dyed film matrices, one at a time, "transfers" each primary dye by physical contact from the matrix to a mordanted, gelatin-coated paper.



In 1994, Eastman Kodak stopped making all materials for this process. The dyes used in the process are very spectrally pure compared to normal coupler-induced photographic dyes, with the exception of the Kodak cyan. The dyes have excellent light and dark fastness.





The dye transfer process possesses a larger color gamut and tonal scale than any other process, including inkjet. Another important characteristic of dye transfer is that it allows the practitioner the highest degree of photographic control compared to any other photochemical color print process.


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Mr. Shields’ work isn’t about celebrity – it’s about working with colleagues and friends in his social sphere who want to make art.
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