All you need to know about Baryta Photo Paper
Brilliant white, the deepest black, ultra-fine tone gradation and sharp contours – when expertly processed, true Baryta photo prints offer unmatched color intensity and sophisticated elegance. Considered to be the most durable of all photo papers, Baryta is the professional choice for fine art prints by galleries, museums, and private collectors.
Definition: What is Baryta Photo Paper
First developed in 1866, Baryta photo paper is an absolute classic among photo papers. The name “Baryta” comes from the layer of barium sulfate used as a paper brightener for the brilliant white color. The brightening process occurs before the photograph is developed; meaning the print tone of a Baryta print depends on how effectively the paper was brightened and also on what kind of barium sulfate was used.
The traditional developing process for Baryta photo paper is very labor-intensive. Unlike papers with synthetic coating, it doesn’t have polyethylene layer. The chemicals can soak into the paper and have to be washed out. That’s not the case for polyethylene papers, where the chemicals are simply rinsed off, and the photo is finished.
Expose, Wet, and Dry: The developing process of our Baryta photographic prints
Since every Baryta print is carefully produced by hand, each one is a unique work of art. At WhiteWall, the traditional Baryta-coated photo paper is combined with a state-of-the-art, digital laser exposure process resulting in outstanding black & white photographic prints.
It all starts with LightJet laser exposing the light-sensitive paper. Next comes the traditional silver halide developing, fixing, and rinsing. Since the chemicals are washed out for a long time, the water and chemicals can soak into the paper, minutely affecting the print’s size. As a result, the print is always extremely individual and emphasizes the photographic handiwork. Additionally, the very sensitive panchromatic emulsion enhances the picture quality of black & white photos – even digital ones – to the highest degree.
Baryta Paper in comparison to other photo papers
Baryta photo paper combines rich white-and-black tones in a way that makes contours particularly detailed. Thanks to its natural brilliance, neither brightening nor lamination is necessary — the slightly textured surface will not lose its luster, even after many years. Also, its sturdy nature adds weight and support. In the grand style of vintage photographs, Baryta lends a black-and-white photo additional character and aesthetic refinement.
For a personal accent, the final prints can be customized with a white border, high-end frame, passe-partout, or a frame with glass. Professional photographers use the border for a practical reason: With the border, the LightJet print on Ilford Baryta paper can be inserted perfectly into a passe-partout. No part of the image is lost.
Alternatively, for upscale, black-and-white prints, you may consider Ilford B/W photo paper. Perfect for portrait photography, it ensures a contrast-rich, expressive picture. Ilford B/W comes in glossy or matte options and print size up to 300×48 inches.
For colorful photographs, the Lambda print on Fuji crystal DP II is known for luminous, true-to-the-source colors and absolute clarity. The LightJet print on Kodak Pro Endura brings distinguishing characteristics to high-end photo prints with luminous highlights, vibrant colors, and an extraordinary tonal range, keeping the image’s colors brilliant for at least 100 years. We recommend the LightJet print on Kodak Metallic Kodak photo paper for contrast-rich images such as nighttime cityscapes with flashing lights. The paper really brings out shining whites and deep blacks, and the surface gloss gives them additional expressive strength. The LightJet photo print on Fuji Flex high gloss makes its mark through an ultra-smooth surface that ensures highly glossy and razor-sharp photo prints. Its warm base tone gives your photographs expressive depth and vibrancy. Your print will shine in brilliant, luxurious color for at least 100 years.
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