March For Our Lives - A Year Later, Today's Coolphoto 09/17/2019


This protest was in 2018, a year ago. Since then 36,383 people have been shot to death, most as suicide. This is personal. I lost two cousins to gun suicide.

On the March For Our Lives Saturday my mind was filled with memories of protests long ago, when I was at school. At that time gun violence in Southeast Asia was on everyone's mind. The gun violence now is in our schools, and hospitals, and public buildings, and music festivals, and grocery stores, and our living rooms, bedrooms, kitchens, attics, and garages.

We don't know when to quit, or how. We are killing ourselves and everything else we can lay our hands on.

Death is around us and closing in fast. This is our doing.

Let’s stop doing it.

Long Hair, March For Our Lives, People's Park Tacoma 2018,
Today's Coolphoto 09/17/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9:: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Dubliners (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/16/2019


One pleasant evening in the month of June I passed a filthy stone building hovering like a dirty pile of wet clothes on a street stained with horse dung, oils, butts and scraps. The building was in the heart of Dublin and housed the headquarters of Doherty’s Coal. Dublin was a dirty old town then. It was the heavy soot of Doherty’s coal smoke from thousands of Dublin hearths that covered everything in the city with a dismal veil..

In the doorway of Doherty’s Coal a pitiful lame beggar played a lament on a worn squeezebox. His braced left foot stuck out onto the pavement. He wore a wool vest and a white shirt stained with weeks of grime and gray dust. His shoes were scuffed and fit poorly. His thin right leg was pulled up to his chin and gave support to his left hand as he squeezed out the sad music. He was aged and troubled, and his song was barely heard.

The man let a cold cigarette hang from the corner of his cracked lips. Beneath the step he put his woolen cap on the curbstone. I had no money to spare, and there was no one else to hear it either. The cap was empty of coins. His face was empty of feeling.

Then suddenly a solitary girl in a hooded coat and a wild smile of excitement ran pell-mell onto the sidewalk. Her exhilaration lifted her above the pavement as she dashed by in an instant.

She was the wind in the barley. She was the ancient Brigid.

She was the coming warmth of summer and she was young. But the ancient beggar was not moved to look up.

Dubliners, Republic Of Ireland 1972 (Modern Silver), Today's Coolphoto 09/16/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only:: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Leigh At Malibu, Today's Coolphoto 09/15/2019


Leigh At Malibu, 2019

Leigh At Malibu, 2019

When my friends talk photography there is no end to theorizing why it is art, and why it always seems to miss being ART. Such has always been the case from the beginning nearly two hundred years ago. The first photographic process — heliography — was invented around 1824 by Nicéphore Niépce.

Over lunch at the Office tavern down the street a few weeks ago my friend Dave and I renewed the discussion. I said it comes down to the one thing that is true for all people viewing photographs, which is the one question always relevant, always appropriate, always timely.

What do you see?

Leigh, Malibu (2019)

A photograph presents itself as something whole and entire within a frame. It prompts people to make sense of it, to tell the story of it. And not just any story but the only story that matters; it is the story of what we see based on the life we have lived. Sometimes aided by a caption, we want to complete a photograph by filling in its background, and doubly so if there is a person in the frame. We want to know just who it is and what she is doing.

We have eyes to see; this is the most basic of our sensations. The artfulness of a photograph draws you to it and into it, capturing your eye and captivating your imagination so that you want to keep looking, and wondering, hey, what’s going on there?

A photograph stands outside of our consciousness as the world itself does. Therefore when we create a photograph we are putting what is outside, inside. When we see a photograph we are moved to tell the story particular to the only thing we can truly speak of with absolute authority, ourselves.

So when I am with someone who is looking at one of my photographs, I ask.

What do you see?

Leigh, Malibu, 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/15/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 11x9:: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Waiting For The Tall Ships To Arrive, Today's Coolphoto 09/13/2019


Waiting For The Tall Ships To Arrive, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/14/2019 Vintage Silver :: Edition 3 :: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.

Waiting For The Tall Ships To Arrive, Tacoma, Today's Coolphoto 09/14/2019
Vintage Silver :: Edition 3 :: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


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We provide high end digital and darkroom printing services from my studio in the Proctor District of North Tacoma. We are an easy drive from all points on the I5 corridor, culminating in a beautiful cruise along the shoreline of Commencement Bay. We operate by appointment between 10 and 5 to meet your needs. Please contact us to discuss your ideas and to receive a quote on your special projects.

Ramona helps in the darkroom…

Ramona helps in the darkroom…

With 45 years in commercial and fine art photography, and ten years in large scale digital printing, we have provided printing services for small production runs and large scale installations. We offer image restoration services too.

Tray-Process Silver This is the traditional darkroom. Our gelatin silver darkroom is equipped with a Fujimoto large format enlarger and Schneider lenses. We can print up to size 16x20 from 35mm to 4x5. I print to Ilford Multigrade papers. I personally tray process by hand each and every one of the prints in the darkroom, which includes processing for permanence.

Pigment Inkjet Printing Our studio runs Canon professional Inkjet printers using light-fast Lucia EX pigmented inks. We print up to 44 inches wide (full-bleed) on a variety of high quality media. We have worked very successfully for years using Hahnemuhle, Innova, and Canson media. As a special service we also offer Photo Tex™ fabric wall coverings. Photo Tex™ is a peel & stick, multi-US patented, adhesive material made of 100% polyester fabric.

Our exciting new printers; the Canon Prograf1000 on the left and the Canon iPF8400 on the right. These are superb pigment inkjet printers using the amazing Lucia pigment inks, Definition and resolution are outstanding, better than anything else out there.

Our exciting new printers; the Canon Prograf1000 on the left and the Canon iPF8400 on the right. These are superb pigment inkjet printers using the amazing Lucia pigment inks, Definition and resolution are outstanding, better than anything else out there.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.

On The Wing Under Foot, Today's Coolphoto 09/13/2019


On The Wing Under Foot, Rialto Theater, Tacoma, Hearing On the LNG Plant 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/13/2019 Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.

On The Wing Under Foot, Rialto Theater, Tacoma, Hearing On the LNG Plant 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/13/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.

Sometimes, not often I find myself participating in a protest or a hearing on an unfolding injustice. A few weeks ago a public hearing on the air quality permit for a new, half-built Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) plant took place downtown in an old movie theater that had been refurbished some time back.

The day was bright and warm and a few dozen people congregated outside the front doors. Nearly all were there to register their objection to the plant, being built on indigenous land without those people granted oversight. It all appears to be a done deal, with the hearing conducted as an afterthought to cover the collective ass of the huge energy corporation building the plant, Puget Sound Energy.

I find it a repulsive exercise, hugely disrespectful, and a betrayal of basic human decency. Even if the plant wasn’t going to store enough explosive gas to obliterate everything for 6 miles in every direction, that the corporate overlords were also betraying their word to the local native people was just the same-old same-old bullshit that comes along with whites.

And insult to injury, the gas that is to be stored there isn’t necessary for the purpose claimed, to fuel the enormous container ships loading and unloading at the Port Of Tacoma. Supposedly it is less dirty to fuel the ships with natural gas than bunker fuel, but in this case the largest shipping line, TOTE, has already fitted their fleet with cleaner burning fuel to meet federal standards.

And a bird wandered aimlessly underfoot in the foyer.

On The Wing Under Foot, Rialto Theater, Tacoma, Hearing On the LNG Plant 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/13/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


End of Summer, Today's Coolphoto 09/12/2019


Loose Dog, Cape Disappointment August 2019 , Today's Coolphoto 09/12/2019 Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.

Loose Dog, Cape Disappointment August 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/12/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.

It’s cooling now. The grass is soft underfoot and the evening’s breeze is from the north off Commencement Bay, smelling of salt and the Cascade Mountains beyond it.

There is a new fence, which was the summer outdoor project this year.

There was a trip to the Olympic peninsula. We drove to the mouth of the Elwha to see the mountain of sand deposited on a new huge delta since the dams were taken out five years ago. Birds and surfers are happy there with the returning salmon, and there was an eagle.

We drove to Cape Disappointment along highway 101 after seeing the Elwha delta. The road south was good and everything looked alive, full of water and happy in the sun. Cape Disappointment is on the north bank of the Columbia River at its mouth. On the top of the bluff, an eagle perched on a Douglas fir branch hundreds of feet above the river, watching cormorants far below on the rocks. After twenty minutes with our cameras at the ready, the raptor’s sole action was preening with its back to us. We gave up and hiked up the hill to the lighthouse.

On the hike we saw what looked like grape vines growing on our fence at home. The leaves were the same size and color though the shape wasn’t quite right. What really threw us off were the clinging tendrils sent out by the vine that were exactly like our grape’s tendrils. We eventually found a vine with a small fruit covered in spines, like a horse chestnut, and about the size of a purple plum. We since learned it is called “Marah oregana” or “coastal manroot,” a native to the northwest.

Below the lighthouse is Waikiki Beach, a large sandy beach under mountainous piles of aged drift wood. The vast mouth of the Columbia dominated the distant view, and the crowd was quiet, no boomboxes, lawnmowers, blowers, or bells. They made driftwood shanties and hung their towels from posts. Very few people were actually inside these small shelters. They looked precarious, like a breath of wind would push them over.

We drove back along highway 4, which passes through Grays River, a very small riverside hamlet, and home to Duffys Irish Pub. We stopped for Irish Stew and beer. The dining room was everyone’s basement, packed with books, nick-nacks, guns, native art, what have you. Duffy is 83, and cooks everything. The stew was good but it took some time for it to show up. We were the only people in the place except for the bartender from Arkansas. He served us the meal as well as stood behind the large bar.

That night we stayed at a small farmhouse in Skamokawa along the Middle Valley Road called The Inn At Crippen Creek Farm. The house is actually on pasture land next to the left fork of Skamakowa Creek. Don Speranza, the landlord, is a cook and a former policeman from Portland. Kitty, his wife, hooks rugs at a master level. The house is new and comfortable and filled with light, with an enormous common room that contains a large open kitchen, islands of seating in comfortable chairs, and a large, quite beautiful, dining table. The stay there was lovely; they are lovely.

This week Robert Frank died. He is in that group of photographers from last century which has taught us how to see. It is august and includes the likes of Paul Strand, Gene Smith, Arbus, and Bresson, Walker Evans, Winogrand, to name a few off the top of my head. He saw so clearly, so simply, so sadly.

“The kind of photography I did is gone. It’s old,” Frank told the Guardian in 2004. “There are too many pictures now. It’s overwhelming.”

https://www.nga.gov/features/robert-frank.html

Loose Dog, Cape Disappointment August 2019, Today's Coolphoto 09/12/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Backyard Birdsong (Hummingbird 9947) 2019, Today's Coolphoto 06/21/2019


In the month since I last posted I’ve enticed the birds into feeding where the light makes them stand out, while also affording a camera position that makes it comfortable for me to wait. The waiting isn’t fruitless. Keeping an eye out for such a small fast bird makes me pay more attention to anything within my sight that is on the move. One such discovery is the enormous variety of Little Brown Birds (LLBs) I see diving in and rocketing out of our little yard at any given moment.

These hummingbirds are a sight to see. They are beautifully arrayed in gray spots and iridescent green and magenta and orange feathers. The birds are quick and intelligent. Since they burn so much energy they need to eat constantly from a safe food source. Once they find it they watch constantly and will dive onto any interlopers instantly. They have the unsettling characteristic of flying up beak to nose, just inches away, and telling you what’s what.

With a position that puts the feeder in front of the apple tree standing in the background and the camera mounted in our kitchen window about 12 feet away, I can sit with my coffee all day watching for the birds.

Yep, the boy’s retired. Yes indeed.

Backyard Birdsong (Hummingbird 9947) 2019, Today's Coolphoto 06/21/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Backyard Birdsong (Hummingbird One) 2019, Today's Coolphoto 05/19/2019


Back when we were young my friend Bob and I would schlep around with our cameras. We drifted apart, but after years of working and raising families we got back together. He has a very clever setup in his yard for taking hummingbird pictures which I copied for my yard. Today I waited for the birds to show. Hours I waited. And waited. And waited. Just as I texted Bob that the birds did not come, this little one appeared. He darted into the wisteria in early evening, and then quickly came into focus.

Backyard Birdsong (Hummingbird One) 2019, Today's Coolphoto 05/19/2019
Archival Pigment:: Edition 15 :: Size 17x14 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Justin, Fox Island 1980 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/15/2019


Justin, Fox Island 1980 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/15/2019
Vintage Silver:: Edition One Only:: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Passing By, Tacoma (2019), Today's Coolphoto 05/14/2019


Passing By, Tacoma (2019), Today's Coolphoto 05/14/2019
Archival Pigment :: Edition of 10:: Size 11x9 :: Signed :: $250.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.

For a private viewing of my current work, call 253 961 7147 to reserve your place on my calendar.


Series - Studies Of Form, Tacoma 1989, Today's Coolphoto 05/13/2019


©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

These images are small, printed with large margins on a sheet of eight by ten. They measure about 2x3 inches at the image border. In those days I was shooting on a large roll film camera. Back then, it was a step up for sharpness and image quality over 35 millimeter film.

This series explores the human form that I made one late night, with a single light. I was interested in throwing deep shadows across her body, to show the landscape formed by bone and muscle and skin.

There are five images, just one vintage print each to make the series.

©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

For a private viewing of my current work, call to reserve your place on my calendar.

Series - Studies Of Form, Tacoma 1989 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/13/2019
Vintage Silver :: One Only (series of 4) :: Size 10x8 :: Signed :: $1200.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Poster - Mother Earth 2019, Today's Coolphoto 05/11/2019


Call to reserve your place on my calendar. The poster is available. There are fifteen for sale, signed.

Poster - Mother Earth 2019, Today's Coolphoto 05/11/2019
Archival Pigment :: Edition of 15 :: Size 14x17 :: Signed :: $25.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Yakima Ave Bridge, Tacoma 1979 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/09/2019


The bridge spans Buckley Gulch, a deep gully that a century ago cut the high ground down to Commencement Bay where the creek emptied. It was built in the mid 1890s when the city was expanding development up from the shoreline into the forests along the bluff. Some eighty years later the railing was defiled by a symbol of vitriol and hatred. In 1979 it was just 34 years after Europe was liberated from the Nazi regime. Now it is another forty years since I photographed the bridge at night, in a light rain.

Less than a block away my Grandfather built a large comfortable home on Rosemount Way.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190509

Yakima Ave Bridge, Tacoma 1979 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1979: Print 1979:: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Leroy Ostransky, Jazz Composer and Musician, Tacoma 1980 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/08/2019


Leroy Ostransky was born to Russian immigrants and grew up on the lower east side of New York. He made his name as an American Jazz Composer. He wrote several books, one named Sharkey’s Kid, his autobiography. Sharkey was his father, who ran a saloon during the dry years of the thirties. He was a hard man, and hard on his son.

Ostransky was a family friend and my mother persuaded him to play a few pieces in the public library downtown. Mom asked me to make pictures of his performance. My cousin tells me Leroy would come to his home, play jazz and drink cocktails with his parents in the fifties. In 1975, Ostransky was named one of the twelve greatest teachers in America by People magazine. He died in 1993.

This performance occurred on May 8, 1980, 39 years ago today.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190508

Leroy Ostransky, Jazz Composer and Musician and Educator, Tacoma 1980 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1980: Print 1980:: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Sunny Summer Morning, Fox Island 2004 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/07/2019


©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

The family beach sat about twenty feet above the high tide mark and looked across Carr Inlet to the town of Home. We faced west toward the Olympic Mountains, and the afternoon was perfect for swimming and fooling around. In the morning the yard was shaded by enormous fir, alder, maple and madrona trees, leaving a small spot was up in the corner. This is where Elizabeth would read, with Ethel the family dog at her feet.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190507

Sunny Summer Morning At The Beach, Fox Island 2004 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 2004: Print 2004:: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


The Egg And Eye, Tacoma 1979 (Vintage Silver), Today's Coolphoto 05/06/2019


©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

I made some studies of an egg. The title is a look-back to Betty MacDonald who wrote the Egg and I about life raising chickens up on the Olympic Peninsula.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190506

The Egg And Eye, Tacoma 1985 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1979:: Print 1985:: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


The Photographer And The Donkey, Tacoma 1973, Today's Coolphoto 05/05/2019


©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

“It was George Jay, George Jay,” Bob exclaimed. When Bob and I worked at The Camera Shop downtown we would meet on the weekends to pal around and shoot pictures. Bob made a friend in George, and George had some land out in the valley. Bob wanted the donkey to stay put, but as Bob stepped back to get a shot, the ass stepped forward. It was hilarious, and Bob enjoyed it more than anyone.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190505

The Photgraphers - The Photographer And The Donkey, Tacoma 1973 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1973:: Print 1993 :: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


I'm Going To Die; No Don't, Tacoma 1984, Today's Coolphoto 05/04/2019


©2019 Christopher Petrich

©2019 Christopher Petrich

We were at a gathering for the church up in the hills in farm and pasture land. It was a pleasant time in the afternoon. Then as we were getting ready to leave, she said I’m going to die. That brought stunning clarity, and she was right.

Today’s Coolphoto 20190504

I'm Going To Die; No Don't, Tacoma, 1983 (Vintage Silver)
Format Vintage Silver
Edition One Only

Original 1984 :: Print 1993 :: Size 10x8 :: Stamp On Back :: Signed On Front:: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Please note that vintage prints are imperfect. They’re old, after all. If you’re worried about it, bring it up. I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Are You For Real, Washington DC, 1973, Today's Coolphoto 05/03/2019


This is the pair to Yesterday’s CoolPhoto.

This young woman was evangelizing while the two young men were taunting her with questions to trip her up. She was missing a tooth. How did she lose it? She seemed desperate to fulfill her mission, and frightened. I didn’t intervene. This took place on the Mall in Washington DC during a big students rally.

Are You For Real, Washington DC, 1973 (Vintage Silver)
Original 1973 :: Print 1993 :: Size 8x10 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Please note that vintage prints are imperfect; they will show regular wear and tear that comes with age. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.


Torment, Washington DC, 1973, Today's Coolphoto 05/02/2019


This young woman was evangelizing while the two young men were taunting her with questions to trip her up. She was missing a tooth. How did she lose it? She seemed desperate to fulfill her mission, and frightened. I didn’t intervene. This took place on the Mall in Washington DC during a big students rally.

Torment, Washington DC, 1973 (Vintage Silver)
Original 1973 :: Print 1993 :: Size 8x10 :: Stamp On Back :: $625.


Vintage prints are made within a year of the photographs create date. My usual practice is to print within a few days or weeks of exposure. What you see is a scan of the actual print that is for sale. Please note that vintage prints are imperfect; they will show regular wear and tear that comes with age. Price does not include shipping or taxes.

Vintage - When I print the photograph within a year of the original exposure, that becomes a Vintage Print.
Archival Pigment - When I print in my studio using computer technology with pigmented inks on acid and lignin free paper, I call that an Archival Pigment Print.
Silver - When I print in my darkroom on gelatin silver paper, that is a Silver Print. These prints are double weight on a cotton fiber base.