Materials & Techniques

Chromogenic prints (printmaking)

Chromogenic color prints (or C-prints) are full-color photographic prints that became the standard for photographic reproduction, heralding in the introduction of vibrant colors to the medium. The process involves exposing a light-sensitive paper from a negative and processing the exposed paper through a number of developing baths. Each bath increases the saturation in proportion to the color's dye density layer. Chromogenic color images are composed of three main dye layers—cyan, magenta, and yellow—that together form a full-color image.

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Gallery text from Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty as drawn from the Irving Penn Archive at the Art Institute of Chicago.