I use a pro-photo lab to make my prints. I have tried a lot of labs, but have been most pleased with White House Custom Color. They offer a wide range of products and cater mostly to portrait and wedding photographers. But honestly a beautiful print is a beautiful print. I often wonder if they see my beat up pan images or close up kitchen tools and think - "what the hell are we making prints if these things for?"
I used to work in labs. It feels like it was a lifetime ago. But I worked with some amazing photographers over the years. Would you mind to much if I named dropped a little bit? I can't help but think of them fondly now, as I am on the other end of the line- as I am the one receiving my prints in the mail.
There were amazing landscape photographers like Eddie Soloway , John Wawrzonek, and Joseph Holmes. Who always had stunning images of everything from flowers to canyons. But I always enjoyed seeing images by Pete Turner or Eric Meola come through the lab. Their work was gorgeous and I still have my signed copy of Born to Run stilling on a shelf in my dining room. But working on imagery by Henry Horenstein for his books and shows, really was the ultimate and amazing experience. I know that the look and feel of this kind of work, is much more in line with my own personal aesthetics. I believe looking at his work has influenced the way I work. I, of course, own both his Animalia and Humans books, and like I said in a previous post, books help me think, create and move through ideas. So these are some of my go-to tomes for inspirational pleasure.