Created from the original glass plate negatives with a print process pioneered by Edward Curtis, and framed in handcrafted recreations of Curtis’ frames.
Our contemporary-original goldtone prints are created in limited editions from Curtis’ original negatives, they are not reproductions. The Goldtone, or “Orotone”, process was pioneered by Edward Curtis over 100 years ago, and was his preferred way of producing photographic images. The process involves over sixty separate, distinct steps. Of the many processes Curtis utilized, goldtones are generally the rarest and most desired. Because of their complexity and expense, Curtis printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones.
Our Goldtones are printed on optical glass, coated with a rich, unique, and custom formulated emulsion. The optical glass plates are processed by hand and then toned twice for superb archival permanence and a warm sepia tonality. Each Goldtone is then backed with multiple microfine layers of brilliant golden metallic particles and finally treated with an inert archival sealant. Goldtones have a luminosity and three-dimensionality that is unequaled by any other photographic medium.