Winter Pine

Roman Loranc

Winter Pine

California, 2023

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $900.00
Winter Pine



Unique selenium toned Gelatin Silver photograph by Roman Loranc, "Winter Pine, California, 2023." Individually handmade by Roman Loranc from 4x5 Kodak Tri-X sheet film with Ilford fiber-based photographic paper. Dry-mounted on cotton rag museum board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and edition number on mount verso.


Loranc’s rich sepia and selenium toning endows his photographs with a mysterious, old world atmosphere, while his sharp-focus compositions remind us that a contemporary artist is at work. His immaculate, imaginative darkroom craftsmanship, working with large 4×5 format Linhof view camera and Kodak Tri-X sheet film, combined with a rare heightened subject sensitivity, give the resultant photographs a tactile, dreamlike quality that is technically unsurpassed. Today, Roman Loranc is carefully carving a unique and important niche in contemporary California landscape photography.


portrait of roman loranc


The most popular black and white process of the 20th century was gelatin silver, in which the image consists of silver metal particles suspended in a gelatin layer. Gelatin silver papers are commercially manufactured by applying an emulsion of light-sensitive silver salts in gelatin to a sheet of paper coated with a layer of baryta, a white pigment mixed with gelatin. The sensitized paper, generally fiber-based, is exposed to light through a negative and then made visible in a chemical reducing solution. William Henry Fox Talbot introduced the basic chemical process in 1839, but the more complex gelatin silver process did not become the most common method of black-and-white darkroom photography until the late 1910s. Because the silver image is suspended in a gelatin emulsion that rests on a pigment-coated paper, gelatin silver can be sharply defined and highly detailed in comparison to platinum or palladium, in which the image is absorbed directly into the fibers of the paper.


roman loranc in the darkroom