PRINT SALES

reproduction & copyright
black & white portraiture
technical information

I work exclusively with traditional black & white photography. Prints are selenium toned silver gelatin limited edition prints made from the original negatives

“John Austin's black and white photographs are a means of showing his world as clearly as possible. The apparent simplicity of John's images belie the depth and meditative awareness that illuminates his work, qualities that are best revealed by viewing original silver gelatine prints

To achieve the sensuous quality of his prints John Austin uses the largest format cameras practical in any situation with lenses from the early part of the 20th Century. His use of large negatives is combined with his mastery of silver gelatin printing, still the finest archival black and white photographic print medium. John is now the only Western Australian professional landscape and portrait photographer working exclusively with large format silver gelatine materials in a real darkroom

John Austin's black & white silver gelatin photographs are in many collections, including the National Portrait Gallery; the Art Gallery of Western Australia; the Australian National Library; Curtin University, Bunbury Regional Art Gallery; Western Australian Department of Justice and private collections in Australia, Singapore, the USA, South America and England”

Rae Starr, Quinninup, July 2012
Sinar Norma 10x8 camera, Voigtlander Heliar lens
Sinar Norma 10x8 camera
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Black & White Print Sales

Black & white prints are available for sale as limited edition archivally processed selenium toned silver gelatine prints from the original black & white negative. Images will not be cropped, however, some images were made in both horizontal and vetical format, so please enquire. Maximum print sizes are being added to this website, these size limits have been added as I am now offering some images as silver gelatine prints to 32 x 40 inches. The size limits are based on what I believe is the maximum size that older negatives will enlarge to consistent with good print image quality. In the case of 35mm Infra Red there is no limit as the image is already grainy and not particularly sharp

Print Editions

Limiting the size of a print edition traditionally came from the use of metal plates for etching, where the etched plate was compressed and the lines which held the ink crushed slightly with each impression. This tradition has been adopted within photography to give a guarantee to purchasers that prints will not appear everywhere. For on-line sales please contact me

Naked portraits and Nudes, prior to 2010 and some portraits, documentary and landscape photographs are limited to a total of eight prints of any image in any print size

Landscape Black and White mages are limited to a total of thirty two prints of any image in any print size

Documentary Images, Forest Protest, most Artist Portraits etc are limited to a total of thirty two in any print size, excluding digital files for magazine, video or book reproduction

Limiting the size of a print edition traditionally came from the use of metal plates for etching, where the etched plate was compressed and the lines which held the ink crushed slightly with each impression. This tradition has been adopted within photography to give a guarantee to purchasers that prints will not appear everywhere. For on-line sales please contact me

Viewing Prints

Original silver prints are on permanent display at Mountfords Gallery, Pemberton, Western Australia and sometimes at Greg James Sculpture Studio and Gallery, Fremantle, Western Australia


Reproduction

Images for reproduction can be purchased at normal international or MEAA/AJA reproduction rates

Free reproduction is available following written agreement for legitimate research or educational projects and environmental publications.

I am mindfully brutal with cases of copyright breach


Quinninup Photography Workshop

Quinninup Photography Workshop, QPW, was first conceived in 1994 as a vehicle for teaching fine black and white photography. It remained in a conceptual state while I studied non photographic printmaking techniques. At that time I was also documenting the destruction and defense of the south west Western Australian Southern Forests. I have chosen now to restart the idea at the time that there is a world wide rekindling of interest in film based fine print photography


Contact

To order a print or publication agreement please contact John Austin




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