About the Estate

THE BEGINNINGS OF THE ESTATE

The Estate is engaged in preserving Kåre Kivijärvi ‘s work, managing his rights and permissions, and promoting his work through publications and exhibitions. The Estate offers prints for sale through selected galleries, and also presents work for sale directly on this site, both Kåre Kivijärvi Original Prints as well as contemporary Estate Prints.

WHAT IS AN ESTATE PRINT

Estate prints are contemporary darkroom prints from Kåre’s original negatives. We have vintage silver gelatin prints and reprinted silver gelatin prints in small numbered editions.

Silver Gelatin prints were the most known form of printing photographic images before digital work was produced. It is a process in which the negative is put into an enlarger and the print is made on paper that hold silver halides in a gelatin base. Today this process is considered a special and almost historic process, as digital printing has replaced most silver gelatin prints today.

Each print is debossed with the blind-stamp signature and seal of Kåre Kivijärvi Photographic estate. In addition a certificate of autenticity is provided with the prints and vintage silver gelatin prints  insuring it’s authenticity with details which include the print media and print title as well as provenance.

We also offer color prints in small numbered editions from his archive, Diapositives or negative color pictures. These pictures are made as Analog color prints by RA4 process on Fuji DTP Glossy photo paper. For the time being this is taken care of by the Gallery Brandstrup in Oslo, who will host an exhibition with Kåre Kivijärvis color pictures this year.

PRINT PROCESSES, DESCRIBED

Silver Gelatin Process

This contemporary printing process produces beautiful, rich prints made from bright luminous whites, deep blacks, and a full complement of tones in between. The silver gelatin process was the dominant black and white photographic process of the 20th century.

This process has remained largely unchanged since it was introduced in the 1880s. The fiber paper is coated with gelatin that holds light-sensitive halide particles. The image from a negative is projected onto the paper, exposing the silver particles to varying degrees of light. The paper is then placed in a chemical developing solution where the exposed silver particles are transformed into tones of grey corresponding to the amount of light received by each particle. The wide spectrum of grey tones produced ranges from full black to full white and creates what is called the ‘black and white’ print.

THE MANAGEMENT OF THE ESTATE

The Estate was established in 2017. It has an artist advisory board ( Fin Serk Hansen, Andrea Gjestvang, Knut Erik Jensen) and is run by the owners of the rights after Kåre Kivijärvi.