Michael Jackson's Luminograms are a very special piece of photographic art. Not a photograph in itself but a creative medium of its own. Each one is meticulously crafted by Michael in his darkroom. There are many structured stages to go through before the photographic paper can be hand developed and permanently fixed. Once Michael is happy with a finished Luminogram print it's then toned in Selenium, which not only intensifies the prints tonality, but also increases the prints archival quality. Traditional photographic darkroom printing techniques have an unquestionable pedigree when it comes to the life expectancy of a photograph.
Each Luminogram is unique and only one silver gelatin print is produced of each image.
“They offer a different kind of world to the one we are used to – an abstract world that still holds one foot in reality. Working with luminograms is a time consuming process – there are just so many variables. These are a selection of the many hundreds of studies created to try and understand this wonderful process.” As he says, it’s as close as he can get in photography to painting.