Power of Print

Canson Infinity’s Baryta Photographique II Matt Paper

July 23, 2021

By Theano Nikitas

Courtesy of Canson

Canson has been a pioneer in the field of photography for well over 150 years and was awarded one of the first patents relating to the production of photographic paper all the way back in 1865. Building on its wealth of experience, Canson® Infinity has just announced the launch of the industry’s first Matt Baryta digital darkroom paper, Baryta Photographique II Matt, 310gsm. For years, photographers have worked with Baryta papers for the look and feel of traditional darkroom photo papers that this medium delivers. Now Canson has produced a second generation of its Baryta Photographique paper: Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique II Matt.

© Sanjay Jogia

It’s the first Baryta paper with a matte finish providing an extremely smooth finish, which promises to deliver exceptional detail. At the same time, the matte finish prevents unwanted light reflection—regardless of light source and viewing angle—making this paper ideal for display. Canson also emphasizes that this paper’s very high D-Max (black density) matches that of a digital fine art matte paper, among other attributes such as high contrast.

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“Because the new Baryta Photographique II Matt is totally smooth as well as completely matte, it means that the incident brightness on the paper does not create distracting reflections, which allows you to see incredible detail within your image,” says wedding photographer and Canson Infinity Ambassador Sanjay Jogia.

© Chris Ceaser

Landscape photographer Chris Ceaser says that, “the super smooth surface of this exciting new paper ensures stunning prints that are bursting with detail. Working well with either color or black-and-white photography, the paper handles really well and has a traditional feel, thanks to the alpha-cellulose base. Although this is an authentic Baryta paper it is totally matte in appearance and as such allows the photographer to display their work free from reflections from external light sources, ensuring that the finished work is presented to maximum effect.”

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This alpha-cellulose based, 310gsm paper is available in more than a dozen sizes, in sheets and rolls from 5 x 7-inch sheets to 60” x 50’ rolls. Pricing ranges from approximately $19 to $425.

For more information and to download ICC profiles, please visit canson-infinity.com. And while you’re there, check out Canson’s four 310gsm Infinity Arches paper: Arches 88, Arches BFK Rives Pure White, Arches BFK Rives White and Arches Aquarelle Rag.