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21 November 2019

Master printmaker and photographer Ctein will be selling the last of his "entire lifetime archive of rare traditional dye transfer prints.". The sale will be handled by The Online Photographer for seven days only beginning Nov. 29 at noon PST.

More than 250 full-sized 16x20-inch dye transfers prints are priced at $650 each on a first-come, first-served basis. You can view these in advance at Ctein's dye sub sale page.

Ctein describes his prints on the site:

My dye transfer prints were all made using original Kodak papers and dyes. The paper stock is double- or triple-weight fiber base with an air-dried F surface. The prints have one inch or more of white paper around the image area. The printed area is generally not centered on the paper; some margins are larger than others. I title and sign the prints in archival ink under the image and sign and date them on the back in graphite.

Recently Ctein has been writing a series of article on dye sub printing at The Online Photographer.

Expert West Coast Photographic Printmaker to Liquidate His Entire Inventory of Rare and Prized Color Prints

San Francisco area photographer and master printmaker Ctein is offering his entire lifetime archive of rare traditional dye transfer prints for sale. The sale will take place on The Online Photographer Web site starting at noon Pacific Standard Time on Nov. 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving and continue for seven days only.

Ctein (his only name -- pronounced "kuh-TINE") is selling full-sized 16x20-inch dye transfers for only $650 per print on a first-come, first-served basis. More than 250 images will be offered. Interested readers can view these in advance at

Ctein, among the best-known and most accomplished of the dye transfer printers, worked in the medium for 40 years until he closed his darkroom in 2013. Now, connoisseurs can own a beautiful, genuine dye transfer print for their own collections.

Dye transfer, widely acknowledged to be the Rolls-Royce of traditional color printing methods back in the era of film photography, was extremely difficult to master and expensive and time-consuming to practice. Dye transfer prints have a distinctive beauty and purity of color. They have a greater color gamut and deeper maximum black than even inkjet prints and were among the most permanent of all color processes.

Such prints were always rare and always expensive and master printers in the medium have always been few and far between. By 1994, when Kodak finally discontinued making the materials, most of the active dye transfer printers in the U.S. could fit in a single living room. Now a scant handful are left.

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