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Date: Wed, 27 Dec 2017 23:19:43 -0500
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On 12/27/17 1:39 PM, RichA wrote:
> Most images where people have paid (in one case, over $4 million) huge prices have been from film,
printed on photosensitive paper.  Some are not old as might be expected either.  So is it the
perceived exclusivity of the film-based print that makes it worth so much more than the output of
digital cameras?  After all, once a digital printer is set-up, it can output any number of identical
prints whereas it is much harder to do that with a colour or especially a black and white print on

This is a long bunch of maybes ...

Besides "named colors" or "scene referred systems", there are centuries 
of research on what "look and feel" particular market segments prefer 
built into AgX systems.

"Look and feel" effects can be implemented in ICC color management as 
"abstract" profiles. But centuries of research aren't going to come 
without a price. That price will likely not come without a transition of 
consumables, like existing AgX film/paper to high gamut ink/substrate 
systems or toner/substrates.

This might not only be a consideration of consumable manufacturers but 
their downstream customers who have existing systems investment and 
customers of the consumables too. These downstream customers are viable 
customers to transition mentioned above. Timing of development being vital.

Film also plays a role in ICC color management as an ideal reference 
input and output. These typically involve additive color systems like 
projection filtered by dyes in film. Ideal reflective/subtractive print 
systems have a dynamic range of 2.5 density. Whereas additive systems 
can achieve over 3.0 range.

Not a professional opinion unless specified.
dale -