The photographic prints used inside of our displays are created using a specialty, large-format fine art printer designed to produce archival, museum-grade prints. They are true "chromogenic" prints: light sensitive paper exposed in a darkroom using state-of-the-art lasers to produce the sharpest possible image.
Most fine art prints made today are created using a process that sprays pigment onto paper in small dots. These dots of ink are visible with the naked eye and cause prints to appear "grainy". Our printer, on the other hand, uses an advanced chromogenic process employing ultra-fine lasers to expose light-sensitive paper, creating beautiful "continuous tones" of smooth color.
We scientifically tested dozens of paper types to identify one that best produces exceptionally crisp and vivid images even under our demanding printing conditions. The paper we use is one of the finest ever created, with a specialty emulsion set that reveals beautiful micro-contrast, ultra-bright whites, and rich deep blacks.
Both our printer and our paper have an ultra-wide color gamut and high dynamic range. This means that the colors in our displays have a sublime vibrancy and are rich with contrast. Furthermore, color gradients found in subjects such as vivid sunsets and flowing water are silky smooth and appear true-to-life.
The distinctive quality of our prints demands to be protected and displayed in the best possible manner. Therefore, they are sealed between gallery-quality, crystal-clear acrylic glass and triple-layer Dibond with a brushed-aluminum backing. The glass lends a brilliant aesthetic to the photo, creating a greater appearance of depth and contrast, like a window to another world.
A hidden 1" deep aluminum brace on the back causes the glass-faced photo to appear to effortlessly float off the wall. The edges of the display are flame-polished to create a modern, sleek frameless appearance that keeps viewers' attention drawn into the photo's remarkable imagery. This distinctively minimal display method complements nearly any style of surrounding decor.
The materials and methods we use in our printing and mounting process have been designed to meet the most demanding standards for archival length set by leading museums and galleries. Our displays are rated to retain perfect color permanence for 75+ years in typical lighting conditions and have a theoretical archival rating of 200+ years in cold storage.
Our award-winning master printmakers have over 5 decades of experience calibrating advanced printing equipment, adjusting chemical balances, and more - all to ensure impeccably consistent results in every single print. Furthermore, every digital file of a VAST photo goes through an extensive proofing and refining process to prepare it to look its very best when printed.
A VAST display is a one-of-a-kind artwork with no expense or effort spared in its creation. To protect its value and prove its authenticity, it comes with both traditional authenticity documentation as well as innovative new digital provenance tracking technology.
In addition, the authenticity and provenance of each display is tracked and verified using state-of-the-art digital blockchain technology, the same secure, distributed, immutable, digital ledger mechanism that powers Bitcoin. This unique, forward-thinking capability reinforces the truly cutting-edge nature of our photos.