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There are many ways to make a photographic print. The common denominator that all prints sold and displayed here share, is that they are made in a traditional darkroom.
monolight creator Thomas Bertilsson states “If you don’t love what you do, it will show in the results. Traditional film and chemistry based photography inspires me, and I love it. Digital photography doesn’t have that effect on me.”
Digital prints may, in the same way as traditional prints, look stunning if they're done right. But that's not what monolight is about. The photographers participating here all believe that the best prints they can produce are made in the traditional darkroom, and we are passionate about our ways.
Here you will find toned gelatin silver prints, lith prints, and platinum prints. There are no restrictions on what type of print we display here, as long as they’re hand made in a darkroom. Photogravure, Cyanotype, Kallitype, and VanDyke Brown are examples.
We as a group relish the darkroom challenge, and we’re here to show the world that hand made heirloom prints are a medium that’s very much alive. We believe in choosing our own way, without listening to mainstream opinion, and we truly believe that critical thinking on that level will also make our work stand out as exceptional.
Prints are treated with the utmost care during the processing stage, to yield the highest possible archival standards using time proven methods.
A note about lith prints. The process of creating lith prints has an element of unpredictability about it. Therefore lith prints sold here will be unique as it is nearly impossible to exactly duplicate results, even if the same materials are used each time.
Unlike standard gelatin silver prints, color and contrast can shift beyond control, so each negative is interpreted a little bit differently every time it’s printed. We believe this is part of the charm with lith printing.
As always, what you see on the screen in online galleries will always be different from what the actual print looks like due to monitor differences, color settings, etc.
If you have any questions regarding any of our prints, or how they’re made, feel free to send an email to: .