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Photographic prints sold through Wolfgang’s Vault are intended for private use only. Your purchase of photographic print(s) does not convey any rights with respect to the copyright of the image. Reproduction, publishing, posting, broadcasting, transmitting, or distribution of any purchased photographic print(s), in any commercial or editorial manner, is strictly prohibited.
What are the different categories of photographs that I see on your site?
There are six categories of photography here at the Vault:
- Fine Art Prints are the highest quality photographic prints in the Vault, primarily Silver Gelatin and C-Prints, created with painstaking attention to detail and the craft of printing. This category is comprised of the photography of Baron Wolman, Michael Zagaris, Joseph Sia, Gene Anthony, Philip Melnick, and Jim Marshall.
- BG Archive Prints.The first source of our Bill Graham Photography Archive is an exceptional collection of rock concert photography created by a group of staff photographers working under contract for Bill Graham Presents from the early 1970s to the early 2000s. As owner of the BGP Archives, we own all rights to these images. You can be certain that a BG Archive Print with our stated production specifications will never be available from anyone else at any other time.
- Vintage Prints.The second source of our Bill Graham Photography Archive is Bill Graham’s personal collection of original Vintage Prints that date from 1990 or earlier. Many of these were produced within one year of the original negative. Each of these prints is a slice-of-life view of the rock concert phenomenon. The subtle signs of aging in some of these prints only add to their veracity. The slight yellowing of a Silver Gelatin print and almost imperceptible loss of true color in color prints are the gentle patina born of age that help make these in-concert shots, portraits, and backstage candids of early rockers and their milieu so outstanding.
- Premium Vintage Prints are from featured rock ‘n’ roll photographers Baron Wolman, Michael Zagaris, Gene Anthony, and Joseph Sia. These outstanding prints are a window into the lifestyle of the time in which they were taken, down to the very paper and process. Many of these prints were created within a year of the negatives, dating as early as 1959. The print varieties represent a range from the rarest-of-rare Dye Transfers, to Silver Gelatin, to everyday RC.
- Promo Prints were part of the press kits handed out to the media as advance advertising for concert tours and record releases.
- Limited Edition photographs by famed rock photographers Baron Wolman, Joe Sia, and Michael Zagaris are only available at Wolfgang’s Vault. This rare selection of 15 hand-picked prints have never before been made available to the public and feature candid shots of rock's foremost legends including Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Led Zeppelin, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers, Frank Zappa, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, and Ray Charles.
What are the different print types I see on your site?
There are many different methods and materials used to produce a photograph. The print type can be found in the drop-down menu to the right of the detail image of any given photograph.
- Silver Gelatin Prints, also referred to on the site as “SG” prints, are more commonly known as black and white prints. The term is derived from the gelatin emulsion in the photographic paper, which contains light-sensitive silver salts that react to light exposure. Silver Gelatin photographic papers are available in a wide range of tones and surfaces, from fiber-based to resin coated. Our Silver Gelatin Fine Art prints are produced on fiber-based Ilford paper by Alissa Marquis, an expert printer with over 20 years of experience.
- C-Prints (Chromogenic Prints) are color prints made from high resolution scans of color slides and negatives. The term “chromogenic” is of Greek origin, meaning “color-forming.” C-prints are called color-coupler prints, which refers to the chemistry of the process in which colored dyes are coupled with light-silver compounds. Our C-Prints are printed at Dickerman Prints, a leading digital printer here in San Francisco. An Italian-made Polielettronica Laser Lab 76 printer prints on genuine photographic paper (Fuji Crystal Archive Super Type C Paper), which utilizes a traditional chemical process. The result is a truly beautiful photographic print, featuring color that is rich and continuous in tone. The archival stability is rated over 100 years in ideal conditions. This archival rating is based on research provided by the Wilhelm Research Institute.
- Cibachrome Prints are also color prints made from color slides or negatives. The term Cibachrome refers to the trademarked photographic paper Cibachrome, as well as the process of making prints with such paper. Cibachromes can generally be distinguished from C-prints on the basis of the ultra-glossy, almost mirror-like reflective quality of the paper and a standard black, rather than white, border. Cibachromes are also distinguished by the especially vivid colors of these prints, which are due to the Azo dyes in the emulsion layers of the cibachrome paper. Cibachrome is a registered trademark of Ilford Photo Corp. Ilford has now renamed the process “Ilfochrome.”
- RC Prints, short for Resin-Coated prints, are color or black and white photographs printed on a photographic paper that has been coated with polyethylene on both sides. All color photographic papers are printed on RC Paper, and Black and White prints can be printed on either RC or fiber-based paper.
- Dye Transfer Prints.Once considered the most archival and valuable of color photographic prints, the dye transfer print has a richness of color, depth, and fidelity superior to other color photographic processes. Unfortunately, this particular process was also very expensive and labor intensive, and, as a result, the pioneering producer, Kodak, ceased production of all dye transfer print materials in 1994.
- Giclee Prints are fine art digital prints created on an ink-jet printer. Our Giclee Prints are printed on German high-gloss, high quality archival paper. The archival stability is rated over 100 years in ideal conditions. This archival rating is based on research provided by the Wilhelm Research Institute.
- Reproductions.Reproductions are produced using offset printing on glossy, non-photographic paper. The process is used often for pieces that are mass-produced in large quantities and is not a “photograph” in the classic sense of an image printed by an enlarger on silver gelatin emulsion paper.
How long will it take for my print to arrive?
The Silver Gelatin and C-Print photographs in our Fine Art and BG Archive collections represent the gold standards of photographic reproduction and require a high degree of printmaking skill using archival quality paper and inks. This careful attention to detail allows us to provide a premium work of fine art. Many of our photographs are made to order, so please allow up to 12 business days to ship after your order is placed.
All Vintage, Premium Vintage, and Promo Prints are already in stock and will ship within three business days of when your order is placed. Please note that Fine Art Prints, Limited Editions and BG Archive Photography will be subject to a 10% restocking fee if returned.
Where does The Vault get its Vintage Prints?
Our Vintage Prints date from 1990 or earlier, and many of them were produced within one year of the original negative. Each print in the Vault is a slice-of-life view of the rock concert phenomenon taken by legendary photographers like Gene Anthony, Michael Zagaris, Baron Wolman, and Herb Greene, who did more than document the era, they lived it. The subtle signs of aging in some of these prints only add to their veracity. The slight yellowing of a Silver Gelatin print and almost imperceptible loss of true color in color prints are the gentle patina born of age that help make these in-concert shots, portraits, and backstage candids of early rockers and their milieu so outstanding.
Tell me more about your Promo Prints
Promo prints are mass-produced photographs of the band or artist that are included in press kits provided to the media. Also called “publicity stills,” some of these pictures may be familiar to aficionados who remember them from magazines or advertising appearing around the time of specific record releases. Many, however, are never-before-seen shots that will thrill the true fan. The Promo Prints in the Vault’s collection hail from the ‘60s through the new century and are truly exceptional portraits of contemporary performers and legends.
Do you license images from the Vault for other uses?
We license the use of our Fine Art and BG Archive images to television, film, and other agencies for advertising or other purposes. Please contact us for more information about this new opportunity.
If I’d like a photograph of an artist that I don’t see listed, is it possible you might have one that is not yet online?
The photographs available at this time are those that we consider to be the very best of the entire collection. Please let us know via the “Contact Us” page or by phone (toll free 1-866-650-0810) if your favorite artist is not represented. We will consider all requests as we continue to add photographs to the website.
Are there other sizes available for Fine Art and BG Archive prints?
Our standard sizes are listed on our website for all Fine Art and BG Archives Prints. Should you wish to order a larger print size, simply contact us, and we will work with you to customize a print based on your needs.
How should I care for my photograph from the Vault?
To ensure the longevity of your photograph, it is best to frame your print with archival matting material and UV-filtering glass or Lucite. It is also a good idea to keep your print out of harsh or direct sunlight.
Bill Graham said that the first benefit for the San Francisco Mime Troupe was by far the most significant evening of his life in theater. Thrown to raise money for the Troupe after Ronnie Davis was arrested for performing in the park without a permit, the Benefit brought together a mixed group of musicians, theatre buffs, political liberals, and passionate folks looking for something hip and happening. The "Appeal Party" was more than a smash hit; it launched Graham's career as a concert promoter and gave birth to a new, progressive scene in San Francisco. Thousands of people showed up at the loft that only held a couple hundred, and the marijuana that was present foreshadowed the impending psychedelic movement. Everyone was dancing, hopeful and cohesive. Bill Graham's first concert was a life-changing success.
All orders are shipped from our facilities in Reno via United Parcel Service (UPS) or United States Postal Service (USPS). If Standard Shipping is selected, your order may ship via UPS or USPS based on size and weight. With UPS we offer online tracking of your order while it is in transit to you, which includes insurance for the full value of your purchase. USPS shipments are uninsured and cannot be tracked.
All orders placed on this site are subject to product availability. Please allow ten days for our photographic prints to ship (these products are produced to order and require a high degree of printmaking skill and attention to detail). All other items are shipped within three business days of when your order is placed. We do not ship on Saturdays, Sundays or national holidays. All shipping delivery times are in addition to this order processing time.
If your order is going to be delayed due to out-of-stock items, weather conditions or any other factors, you will be notified by email within 48 hours of your order being placed. You will be given an approximate ship date at that time and will have the option of canceling your order, or retaining the order with its new ship date.
Depending on your location and the shipping service you selected, your order will take from one to ten days to be delivered once it has shipped.
We take great care to ensure that your order is carefully packaged so that it arrives in the same condition in which it left our facilities.
Posters: Packaged in protective wrapping and shipped rolled or flat dependent on size and final destination. Posters shipped in flats are wrapped in protective wrapping and surrounded by 2 inserts and placed inside standard cardboard envelope. Posters shipped rolled are rolled within protective wrapping and placed inside tube. Do not tear protective wrapping, as this could result in damaged contents. Wolfgang's Vault is not responsible for and will not replace an item damaged during unpacking. Please use caution when opening your package.
Photography: Packaged in protective wrapping and surrounded by 2 inserts and placed inside standard cardboard envelope or box.
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