Large Format Prints
In a special collaboration with master printer Grieger in Germany, Trey Ratcliff will be releasing a series of large format photographs selected from his body of work. Each work will be released in an edition of three.
All prints have been produced by Grieger in Dusseldorf, Germany. Grieger is the foremost printer and fabricator of photography in the world and has a long history with some of the world’s great photographers – Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff, and Thomas Struth amongst them. The photographs will be mounted using Griegers proprietary Diasec® mounting process. This process mounts the photo to aluminum with a piece of museum quality acrylic mounted to the face thus protecting the image from weathering, chemical pollutants, and UV radiation. There is more information about the printing process included at the bottom of the page.
These works are captured from around the world on a variety of cameras and processes including everything from Hasselblad to propriety processing methods. Each series is concatenated by an artist's statement that embodies the theme of the work. Although Ratcliff engages in commissioned pieces and has works hanging in galleries around the world, including the Smithsonian, the only work publicly available is listed here on this site. Those that wish to know additional information about the artist can visit the About Trey Ratcliff page.
The large prints are available ranging from $15,000 to $95,000 based on availability. Note that many images have already sold to existing collectors. Please contact [email protected] for more information about availability and pricing of the photos, plus any other questions you may have.
Creation of the Works
The works are initially created using special photography techniques that capture multiple photos at various shutter speeds to create a variable histogram of light. The central idea behind which is that the human retina can detect many more light levels than even the most sensitive digital sensor, so the same retina-like effect is achieved by gathering up all the light on the scene via the capture of multiple photos. This, combined with large-sized areas requiring a pre-visualized grid, can result in some of the images below being created out of over 200 individual photos. The post-processing technique uses a variety of ever-evolving algorithms that adjust the light and color tones on a relative basis, eventuating the same process undertaken by the retinex. The end result is an image that flows directly past the retina to the mind with no physical light or color interpretation required.
Printing Process at Grieger
All art is being printed by the experienced team at Grieger in Düsseldorf, Germany.
Over 50 years ago, the company was established in Esslingen by Karl Heinz Grieger under the name “Labor Grieger”. In 1968, Grieger decided to open a second production facility in Düsseldorf. Today, art photography production takes place solely in Düsseldorf.
They have developed proprietary techniques for printing on a large scale while being able to retain clarity and detail. This process creates a feeling of internal illumination and enhances the dynamic balance of colour and texture that great photography affords. They have also developed special mounting and hanging technologies that allow the works to float off the wall in a secure manner . The photos are face mounted on a special kind of plexiglass called Diasec®, which is UV protected and as hard as glass.