Once upon a time, there was something called Cibachrome (also known as Ilfochrome). You can watch the traditional wet dark room printing of Ilfochrome, here:
What Wikipedia has to say about Cibachrome:
Ilfochrome (also commonly known as Cibachrome) is a dye destruction positive-to-positive photographic process used for the reproduction of film transparencies on photographic paper. The prints are made on a dimensionally stable polyester base as opposed to traditional paper base. Since it uses 13 layers of azo dyes sealed in a polyester base, the print will not fade, discolor, or deteriorate for an extended time. Accelerated aging tests conducted by Henry Wilhelm indicated the product resisted fading under display conditions longer than any other known photographic color material. Characteristics of Ilfochrome prints are image clarity, color purity, as well as being an archival process able to produce critical accuracy to the original transparency.
Cibachrome printing no longer exists, but alternatives do, and they’re really awesome! Fuji came out with an alternative called Fujiflex, and other companies followed suit. FujiFlex is a sliver-halide, digital photographic paper that has a polyester-based coating, making it super-glossy and slick. Peter Lik also uses the same plexi we use at Baboo Digital.
What’s really cool is that Peter Lik uses Flex printing for his prints, and he attributes his success to the beauty of Flex prints.
Here, watch this video of Peter Lik behind the scenes in NYC:
Get in touch with us to talk more about printing your photos using Flex paper, and then mounting them with plexiglass frames, just like Peter Lik!!