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Photographic Materials


Digital Print Sample Set


The Digital Sample Set, compiled by the Mellon Collaborative Workshops in Photograph Conservation, consists of 25 digital and traditional print samples all made from digital files. Useful as a research tool or for educational purposes, this binder of prints is being offered for sale as long as supplies last. Subsidized by generous funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, some of the print types included are extinct, and others are rare or expensive within the mainstream use of the media. The four-color pigment print (#24) alone, for example, is worth $180. The Sample Set Binders are available to institutions for $400 and to individuals for $300. The notebook measures 2.5" (6.4 cm) x 11.75" (30 cm) x 13.38" (34 cm).

To order, please fill out a request form and mail to:

Photograph Conservation
Attn: Digital Sample Set
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028

Or for more information please contact:

The Metropolitan Museum of Art at 1-212-570-3810

The sample set binder includes the following processes:

  1. Digital exposure to Chromogenic paper (under magnification: no "soft grid' apparent)
  2. Digital exposure to Chromogenic paper (under magnification: "soft grid' apparent)
  3. Digital exposure to silver dye bleach paper
  4. Digital exposure to silver gelatin fiber based paper
  5. Digital exposure to Chromogenic transparency film
  6. Digital exposure to silver gelatin film
  7. Fuji Pictrography
  8. Direct thermal (D1T1)
  9. Direct thermal transfer (D1T2)
  10. Dye diffusion thermal transfer (D2T2), also known as Dye Sublimation
  11. Electrophotography (black and white dry toner)
  12. Electrophotography (color dry toner)
  13. Electrophotography (liquid toner)
  14. Inkjet (liquid, dye based, continuous) on fine art paper
  15. Inkjet (liquid, pigment based, DOD [drop on demand]) on fine art paper
  16. Inkjet (monochrome liquid, DOD [drop on demand]) on fine art paper
  17. Inkjet (liquid, pigment based, DOD [drop on demand]) on uncoated paper
  18. Inkjet (liquid, pigment based, DOD [drop on demand]) on coated paper
  19. Inkjet (liquid, pigment-based, DOD [drop on demand]) on coated RC paper
  20. Inkjet (liquid, dye based, DOD [drop on demand]) on coated RC paper
  21. Inkjet (liquid, pigment based, DOD [drop on demand]) on coated paper
  22. Offset printing with AM screening
  23. Offset printing with FM screening
  24. Pigment transfer process from digitally produced separation negatives
  25. Thermal Autochrome