WHY PROCESSING BY YOURSELF ?|
In 1955 I made my first colour pictures on Agfacolor Ultra Negative film (40 ASA). Since then I was in for colour photography. About 1960 I made my first colour prints on Gevacolor paper. After this experience I was more and more convinced that the way of getting the best results is printing and enlarging colour pictures myself, like everyone is doing with black and white processing.
There are even today only a small number of photographers who do their colour processing.
Max Kozloff wrote 1975 in the American magazine Colour
Photography: "Every practitioner of ambition developed his or
her own work: toning, filtering, altering the values, printing,
Industrial processing makes it nearly impossible for the photographer to make personally controlled prints. The fact that this problem was also encountered by others, made me more confident to go on with my processing.
In the same way the colour pigments, the turpentine, the 'skin' of the painting, the canvas are important for the painter: for me are the characteristics of the film and the special character of the colour paper the ruling factor in getting the picture the way I want it to be.
The pictures of this portfolio are printed within 20 years on different materials: Agfacolor paper, Ilfocolor paper and Kodak Ektacolor paper.