FAQ’S: The Brookover Printing Standard

What is the value of the Brookover standard of printing?
David's deep appreciation and respect for traditional handmade papers from around the world along with Corey Allen's printing expertise have laid the very foundation for prints that are not only admired by fine art lovers but coveted by collectors due to their contemporary uniqueness. David is a true believer in keeping his style and content of photography firmly planted in the fine art realm. Our distinctive platinum palladium, silver gelatin and bromoil prints use only the finest archival materials available which are then wrapped in linen and or silk. They are framed with some of the finest Italian moldings in the world, or, in special editions, they are encased in a hand-milled one of a kind sculptured frame by the world renown framer Randolph Laub.
What is a Platinum Palladium print?
Platinum prints are the most durable of all photographic processes. The platinum group commonly referred to as noble metals are the most stable of all printing methods. It is estimated that a platinum image, properly made, can last over a thousand years.
Our images are printed on Gampi and Japanese Kozo papers handmade by two Japanese families in accordance to the way the papers were originally made in the 1st and 6th centuries, respectively. Although very difficult to print, the platinum palladium offers what is often described as having the greatest tonal range when compared to all other printing methods. We are honored in having one of the largest displays of platinum  palladium prints in the U.S.
This journey would have been impossible if not for all of the platinum palladium collectors who have supported this expensive endeavor over the last decade.
What is a Silver Gelatin (aka) Gelatin Silver print?
Adams, Weston, Karsh, Ruth Bernhard to name just a few, this is one of the better known of the processes we use, and rightly so. In my humble opinion there is not a black and white digital process that even comes close to the look of this traditional, hands on printing method. Rich in history, photographers and collectors have been drawn to Silver Gelatin prints for decades. To see a silver gelatin properly lit on a wall is a gift in itself, its as if the Universe is speaking to the viewer in its own language.
What is a Photogravure Print?
Arguably the most beautiful, challenging, and labor-intensive of the traditional photographic processes, photogravure printmaking is among the earliest, dating back to the mid-1800s.  Best noted in the work of Edward S. Curtis through his epic anthropological study "The North American Indian", which he editioned from 1907-1930, the photogravure quickly gave way to more affordable silver-gelatin printing popularized by Eastman Kodak's Brownie camera. Prior to Kodak, artists, the church, and businesses primarily turned to printmakers who used presses to render quality images for distribution.  Photogravure has come out of the long tradition of intaglio printmaking whereby artisan printmakers, working in conjunction with artists, would create an image by carving, engraving, or etching (with resists and acid) into a metal substrate, wiping oil-based ink into the grooves or pits created, and then running it through a printing press onto dampened paper.
While there are traditional printmakers still employing copper plates to make photogravures, most have moved on to use steel-backed polymer plates due to the quality, consistency, efficiency, and the more environmentally friendly nature of that approach. Polymer plates are both photosensitive and water-soluble, allowing the image to be etched into the plate using water instead of acid. More information at http://intaglioeditions.com.
Regardless of the technology used to create a quality plate, the true artistry and craftsmanship comes through in how the plate is printed.  The type of inks and modifiers employed,  the method of wiping, the level of care taken, the choice of paper, the amount of pressure given at the press, and method of drying and flattening the final print are only a few of the many variables that come together to create a high-quality, hand-printed, photogravure print.
We look forward to introducing more Photogravures as they lend themselves very well to David`s  particular style and choice of optics.
What is a Bromoil Print?
This has been our most time consuming process. Our first image "Historical Relevance" took 2 months to complete. The look is very masculine and fits this particular subject matter well. Bromoil images often remind our clients of woodblock prints and like woodblocks no two are the same. As our portfolio increases I am looking forward to showcasing more Bromoils centered around Western themes and lifestyle.
How is the image captured?
David captures his original images on either an 8x10 Linhof view camera, Mamiya 7II medium format camera or digital Nikon D3X. Capturing the image, regardless of format or advances in new technologies is the priority. We rarely indulge in the obsessive camps of film vs digital capture. They are all only creative tools, and in 25 years I have never taken a decent wildlife image with my 8x10 view camera.
How is the film scanned?
The selected film is then drum scanned using the finest scanners and technicians in the country. Under David's personal direction, these digital translations are transformed creating master files that will recreate the images in the manner that he visualized when the film was originally exposed. The images are then meticulously refined and tested to make sure that the final image is exactly what was envisioned. Prints made from these files, under very tightly controlled color managed work environments, will reproduce the images precisely each and every time, with greater accuracy than they could ever be reproduced with traditional printing techniques. All materials used for printing are archival by industry standards. It is important to note that the quality of the final prints far exceeds what you are able to see on your monitor. If you have been to the gallery and seen these incredible prints displayed, you will understand exactly what we mean.
How are the images produced?
Production of the images, from processing the original film, drum scanning, testing, and some color printing is done at Photo Craft Imaging in Boulder, Colorado. Photo Craft uses the most accurate and advanced technologies, equipment and the professional expertise to produce these stunning images.
Additional printing is done by Miles Hecker. Miles is a retired engineer and co-founder of WyoFOTO LLC. He has been both a photographer and printer for over four decades. He currently specializes in making only fine art prints incorporating the latest advances in technology and Epson Professional Printers. Miles prints all of David's black and white images and a large portion of his new color work.
What are the sizes of the images?
Due to the various printing methods employed, different sizes of the images and their base papers, we do not list the print prices on this website. Please contact the Brookover Gallery at 307-732-3988, and we will be happy to help you with your requests along with framing solutions and suggestions to satisfy your needs. Most of the editions are limited.