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Red River Pros: Jarvis Grant

Jarvis Grant at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Commercial photographer and educator

Jarvis Grant is an award-winning photographer and arts educator based in Washington, DC. He developed Howard University’s photography program and new media programs for the Ellington School of the Arts. Commercial clients include Coca-Cola, Burson-Marsteller, National Museum of American Art, Southwest Airlines, and Sony Music. His work has been exhibited at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum, New York University, Art Basel Miami, and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Arts.

Jarvis Grant - Commercial photographer and educator
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The Client

An ongoing personal project featuring urban landscapes.

The Assignment

Capture botanicals in a city setting with an emphasis on shape, form and texture.

The Execution

“To capture the delicate nature of dandelions, I brought some specimens back to the studio for special treatment. Using a flat bed scanner, I made several ‘camera-less’ exposures so I could control the placement of each seed head to create the illusion of these hair-like parachutes leaving the head of the flower. The detail of the image was increased by raising resolution settings within the scanner’s optical limits only– and not going higher where pixel interpolation could cause loss of sharpness and introduce artifacts.”

Post Production

“Very little was done to the image once in Photoshop other than cleaning a few stray seed fragments, along with some basic color correction, tone mapping and ‘High Pass’ sharpening.”

The Output

“For my exhibition prints I use Aurora Natural. There is a word for Aurora Natural inkjet paper: luxurious. The luminescent quality of my images when printed on this paper is rich and vibrant. Aurora Art Natural is able to hold a great deal of ink without the image becoming muddy or losing edge sharpness. The paper’s dependability to hold detail over a wide tonality range, and maintain color luminance within a single image and throughout the production of a portfolio makes it the paper of choice for the discerning photographic artist.”


View more images and information about Jarvis Grant at: You can email him through his web site or directly at: [email protected].

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney

Last updated: September 03, 2021

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