The Rush Gatherer–Kalispel, 1910
Our limited edition Goldtones™ are both rare and beautiful. They have a luminosity that is unequaled by any other photographic art form. For this historic limited edition printing of 150th Anniversary Goldtones we have chosen only Curtis’ most beautiful and evocative images. Each finished, framed and numbered Goldtone™ is the result of over sixty separate and distinct steps and generally exceed the goldtones produced by Curtis in their luminosity, permanence, and beauty.
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. The goldtone, or “Orotone”, process was pioneered by Edward S. Curtis over 100 years ago and was his preferred way of producing his photographic images. The complexity and expense of producing goldtones meant that Curtis printed only about 1 in 1,000 of his negatives as goldtones. Each of our contemporary, limited edition Goldtones™ and frames are the result of over sixty separate, distinct steps. The “Classic” frame, which is a beautiful handcrafted recreation of Curtis’ vintage frames, is custom-made of wood and various traditional materials.