While consumer prints are often requested on glossy paper, matte papers have been dominating fine art print for many years.
Although the blacks of such papers are less dense that those of glossy stocks, the lack of reflection and slight texture of the paper allow a better viewing and provide a very appealing impression of quality and richness.
This being said, so called Baryta papers have recently made very significant progress. Their semi glossy finish is similar to the best traditional dark room papers and deliver outstanding blacks and a very wide color gammut. More and more fine art work is done with these papers.
Finally, fine art canvas have finally become a credible option thanks the pioneering work of companies like Breathing Colors in the US. Their beautiful texture combines with excellent color reproduction and durability when coated with archival varnish.
We work with a variety of these papers from Hahnemuhle, Ilford and with the best canvas from Breathing Color called Lyve. Those coated stocks all have an excellent life span when used together with Epson Ultrachrome inks (always in excess of 50 years) and the color gammut is second to none as well.
With the notable exception of canves that are extremely resistent to physical threats, most of those papers, are prone to scratching. For those customers ordering un-framed prints, it is important to be very careful when manipulating the prints in order to avoid damaging the surface. Contact with the corner of another sheet can sometimes be enough to leave a mark on the print that is very difficult to remove.