Epson has added to its Legacy Papers portfolio with the introduction of Legacy Baryta II, a cotton fibre paper available in roll widths up to 152cm and designed for professional photographers and fine artists.
“Inspired by the legendary f/64 Group of photographers, Baryta II is an OBA-free 100% cotton fibre paper with a true baryta coating,” Epson America said.
“Designed for use by professional photographers, fine artists, galleries, museums, and collectors, the true Baryta paper offers a microporous coating for rich blacks and a wide colour gamut and is available in cut sheets up to 17" [43cm] x 22" [55.8cm] and roll widths up to 60-inches [152.4cm].
"We worked with industry leading photographers to improve upon our last baryta paper to produce this new, industry leading formulation," said Jeffrey Smith, senior product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. "Designed for artists who intend to sell their prints, the new Baryta II paper offers rich, deep blacks and a wide colour gamut with a true baryta coating reminiscent of revered silver halide darkroom papers."
"With Legacy Baryta II, black-and-white prints are inky black and colour is rich and effortless – just plain beautiful photographic prints that feel substantial and reminiscent of the very best darkroom papers," said National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson. "Central to photography is the idea of capturing moments you can look at for years, decades and centuries. I can tell anyone who comes in and buys a print from me, it will be a lifetime purchase."
"With the addition of Epson Legacy Baryta II, the portfolio of Legacy Papers now includes five 100% cotton fibre, OBA-free papers. The Epson Legacy papers are currently the only line of fine art papers in the world printed with the latest Epson UltraChrome PRO12 and PRO10 pigment inks that have been thoroughly evaluated by Wilhelm Imaging Research (WIR) using WIR's demanding eight-factor permanence testing protocols."
According to Henry Wilhelm, director of research at Wilhelm Imaging Research, the world's leading independent print permanence testing laboratory, "Although still in testing, Legacy Baryta II is expected to achieve WIR Display Permanence ratings of up to 200 years for colour prints framed under UV-filtering acrylic sheet and more than 400 years for black-and-white prints when printed with Epson UltraChrome PRO12 and PRO10 pigment inks."
The full line of Legacy Papers include:
Epson Legacy Baryta II – A true Baryta paper with an industry leading microporous coating for outstanding Dmax and colour gamut, reminiscent of revered darkroom papers.
Epson Legacy Platine – A unique paper with a satin surface that combines the look and feel of a traditional silver halide paper, but with a true fine art cotton base.
Epson Legacy Fibre – An old-world artisan paper, combined with advanced technology, it features a smooth matte finish with a true white base.
Epson Legacy Etching – A tribute to the classic hand-made etching papers, with a subtle textured surface it delivers outstanding print quality without overpowering the print itself.
Epson Legacy Textured – With the look of old-world handcrafted watercolour papers, it is a heavily textured fin art paper with exceptional black density and colour gamut.