What this is about: Regular readers have followed the saga of Ctein's evolution into digital, along with the closing of his darkroom and our dye transfer "Big Print" sale, in which Ctein used up the last of his dye transfer materials for 160 last large prints, priced at $595...which by the way sold out in five hours and six minutes.
So: You might remember that in a column from August 2012, Ctein wondered what in the heck he should do with all his matrices. A "matrix" in this case is one of the three separations from which a dye transfer print is made. Once crafted, these can be reused, so a dye printer will keep old matrices on file for future printings. But now that his dye transfer paper is gone and his darkroom is dismantled, obviously Ctein has no further need for the matrices. But the matrices are interesting, and (now) are historical artifacts, and even have a certain beauty and photographic interest.
He has some 280 "Matrix Sets." Each set includes a work print with printing notations, along with an article explaining what those notations mean.
Long and short: in response to his query, enough people said "I'd buy a set, if they aren't too expensive" that he decided his first step would be to offer the sets here, for a nominal price. So those who want a set can have one.
(I already commandeered a set from my favorite print, plus I'm going to ask the Photography Curator at our local Museum if she'd like a couple of sets for the museum's collection, in which case I will spring for a couple more sets and donate them.)
This isn't a regular "TOP print sale," although some similar limitations will apply: the sale will last for only five days or until sets run out. Ctein's got some interesting plans to try to accommodate peoples' individual requests. I'll let him tell you about that next week.
He'll commence the offer in the context of his regular column next Wednesday (February 12th). So if you're interested, be on the alert and check back here then. The column is usually posted late in the morning.
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