This series was created during 1981 as a pairing of one landscape and one portrait from five Asian countries (China, Nepal, Tibet, India and Pakistan). It was the first series of images that Galen selected to be limited and was originally called High Asia Series.
This series of ten images is limited to 300 prints, regardless of size. This causes the Special Edition prints to escalate in value more quickly than the Limited Edition, given similar sales. Two Special Edition images, “Rainbow over the Potala Palace” and “Machapuchare at Dawn” have both become scarce prints and are priced separately from the rest. The Rainbow over the Potala is nearing the end of its availablity. All prints come signed and numbered on the back of the photograph and dated with the year the photograph was taken. Matted prints are signed on the mat as well. Mats are made of acid-free archival museum board with all acid-free materials used for hinges, corners, and backing.
Crystal Archive LightJet Photographs offer the ultimate fidelity in color, sharpness, and tonal range currently available on any photographic paper. We have introduced this revolutionary process for more than 100 of our top images, using state-of-the-art color management and digital enlarging to produce far more accurate renditions of what Galen witnessed and recorded on film than any traditional optical enlargements.
The most notable difference, compared to ordinary prints, is that LightJet prints no longer lose color and contrast with enlargement. Colors remain clean and saturated, like a projected slide, because digital enlarging can feed the same numbers to the output lasers to expose a 50-inch print or a 5-inch print by scanning. Galen made all creative decisions during the many hours of image management needed to make a master image file, from which every print, regardless of size, exactly reproduces his chosen aesthetic values when exposed by LightJet 5000 laser output using a special Apple ColorSync profile onto Fuji Crystal Archive photographic paper. The result is a true original photograph on a paper that could also be exposed in a traditional enlarger.
Galen deeply respected the sacred trust that nature photographers hold to reproduce no more than what was actually before their lens. He never added subject matter or colors not present at the scene, nor removed distractions, such as twigs or wires. He did correct objectionable film artifacts, such as scratches from improper handling by publishers, emulsion flaws, and film-based color crossover effects. Upon request in our gallery, we will be happy to show you the original transparency of any print that you are considering purchasing.
Independent tests suggest that Fuji Crystal Archive prints in normal display conditions will last 60 to 71 years before noticeable fade--more than four times longer than the 16 to 20 years of Kodak’s present papers or the Fujix prints made from our LightJet digital files that we offer as less expensive alternatives to Crystal Archive (in comparison, most ink-jet digital prints will last only four years or less.)
|Though Crystal Archive LightJet Photographs are Galen’s preferred medium, more economical Fujix Pictrography Prints up to 12 x 18 inches can be created from the same image files with virtually the same appearance, but a lesser, 20-year archival rating. The 12 x 18 maximum image size is actually only one inch smaller than that of 16 x 20 LightJet prints, which have 1/2-inch borders for a final width of 19 inches. Both are normally mounted in the same size 22 x 28 archival mats. Like LightJet prints, these prints are created by a true silver halide photographic process involving exposure by color lasers.|