Silver Gelatin Process: B & W Darkroom
Traditional darkroom based black & white process is referred to as silver gelatin process, since silver is the precious metal used, and is suspended in a layer of gelatin on the surface of the film & paper.
The silver gelatin process is very archival for image permanence. The obtainable blacks rival any other prints, and generally create a richness and sharpness not achieved by digital photography prints. Silver negatives and prints, when processed properly, will last more than a few lifetimes before any image degradation, or any detectable yellowing starts to occur.
Museums, galleries, and private art collections abound with the photographs of both master and unknown fine art photographers in silver gelatin.
I have been in a darkroom since the age of five. Observing my father developing and printing his own black & white images was amazing to me, and I loved it so much that I started on my own by age ten. The process, control, and the smell of the chemistry is something I have always loved. As a licensed art teacher, I enjoy teaching middle and high school darkroom photo students the art, craft, and science of silver gelatin photography and darkroom techniques.