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Printing papers are a matter of personal choice. They are an aesthetic decisions, much as how to crop or whether to convert a colour image to monochrome. Some folks like it one way, some another.

My taste in papers tends toward the simple, even classic types. I prefer papers that use Photo Black ink, because of the greater dMax (blacker blacks), and I like smooth but not too glossy surfaces. The traditional air dried F surface, in other words. For the past two years eitherIlford Gold Fiber Silk, or the very similarCanson Baryta Photographiquehave been my mainstays, and more recently, for portfolio presentation,Canson Infinity Platine.

On July 18, 2011 a new paper was announced by theMoabdivision ofLegion Paper, and a few days later a sample box crossed my desk. Slickrock Metallic Pearl 260is its proper name – simplySlickrockfrom now on, and it really is something special.

Slickrock isn't the type of paper that would normally attract me. I prefer rag papers, pr...

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