STEVEN LOPEZ: Geishas, Japan (gum print)


Steven Lopez photographed these traditional geishas with infrared film, which brings a distinctive look to the image. Gum bichromate printing is a 19th-century technique that few people still use today due to its complexity. Requiring multiple soaks in different chemicals (some of them dangerous), the elaborate and lengthy process results in painterly images, like this one.

ARTIST: Steven Lopez

TITLE: Geishas, Japan

MEDIUM: Gum Archival Print (unframed) made by the artist

OPEN EDITION: Every print comes with a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the artist.

PRINT SIZES: 18 H x 12 W in. (45.8 H x 30.5 L cm)

20 H x 16 W in. (50.8 H x 40.6 L cm)

Note: Each print is handmade and unique, with slight variations in color and saturation.

Please contact us to inquire about sizes not listed here. Interior image mockup for reference only (final framing ratio will depend on your framing choice).

TECHNICAL SPECS: Photographed on a Nikon 7 using an infrared film. Hand-printed by the artist on matte textured paper (both inks and papers are archival). Cut to selected size with rough edges around the image to add to the tactile quality of the print. Gum printing is a labor and time-intensive process in which a negative is exposed to various chemicals over a series of manipulations. The end result looks very layered and painterly.

CHOOSING YOUR PRINT SIZE: Please use the Size Chart to visualize the size of your fine art print on a wall (not all images are available in all sizes). Remember that the dimensions reflect the image size only -- there is an additional white border included for framing purposes.

SHIPPING DETAIL: All photography prints are carefully packed in a tube and shipped unframed. Shipped via FedEx.

DELIVERY TIME: 2 to 3 weeks for North America orders (please allow additional time for international orders due to customs).

RETURN / REFUND: As our prints are made to order, they are final sale and non-returnable. As a photography gallery and lover of photography, we guarantee the quality of our wall art, but if your order was shipped with a defect or arrived damaged, please contact us at [email protected]. See our Customer Service page for more info.


ABOUT THE ARTIST: Steven Lopez is a multimedia photographer based in NYC with a focus on alternative photographic processes and film photography. He studied at LaGuardia College in commercial photography and applied science. He currently independently teaches alternative photographic printing in his residence in Astoria, Queens, NY.