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Printing in Black and White
Traditional black and white printing goes digital.

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Glass Plate Project
Andrew McIntyre produces gallery quality A3+ prints from glass plates.

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Lee Jaffe Interview
The multi-talented Jaffe captures and displays artistic greats.

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SWAHILI CHIC: THE FENG SHUI OF AFRICA Press Release
The new coffee table book will be launched on Thursday, May 17th.

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The rebirth of Digital Printing
Software is transforming the way black and white prints are made at BowHaus.

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Herman Leonard Press Release
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Jazz Giants, the mural-sized photographs by Herman Leonard.

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Mark Laita Press Release
Mark Laita's Created Equal documents the diversity of American culture through carefully orchestrated portraits.

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Rocky Schenck Interview
Schenck's visual style is rooted in his personal past, family roots and the beginnings of photography itself.

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Rick Klotz Interview
Businessman blends his passion for photography, magazine publishing and clothing line with BowHaus printing software.

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IJC/OPM 2400 Support
New versions of IJC/OPM feature expanded support for Epson_s new R2400 with UltraChrome K3™ inks!

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Melvin Sokolsky Interview
Legendary fashion photographer talks about ideas, art and technology.

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Antonis Ricos Interview
The digital B&W guru reveals his secrets for using IJC/OPM, and highlights NEW Features in the Windows version.

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Nick Brandt Interview
Elegy to A Vanishing World:
the photographs of Nick Brandt

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Glen Wexler Interview
Glen Wexler talks about how digital imaging plays an integral role in his imagemaking.

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IJC/OPM + OS X!
Press release for B&W PrintMaking software for OS X.

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Quadtone Prints
Black & White archival printmaking using monochrome inksets.

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Lyson Marketing Agreement
Establishes New Alliance to Develop Digital Black and White Printing Solutions.

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Digital PrintMaking Techniques:

QuadTone Prints

A UNIQUE DIGITAL PRINTMAKING PROCESS DELIVERS STUNNING B&W. BowHaus now offers QUADTONE Printmaking for black & white exhibition prints and editioning.

Anyone familiar with digital printmaking will have heard of GiclČe prints. "Normal" or traditional prints are made with four inks: cyan, magenta, yellow and black. QUADTONE Prints are produced with a special inkset consisting of four neutral inks of increasing intensity and one black ink. Black and white photographic images reproduced with QUADTONE inks have a smoother and longer tonal range than traditional four-color Iris prints. QUADTONE prints are made from a special four-channel image files with four ranges of tones that match the inkset. BowHaus uses it's own proprietary method to create QUADTONE files.

One drawback to dye-based inks has been noticable fading under prolonged exposure to light. The cyan, magenta and yellow inks are most susceptible to fading. Black ink is much more stable. Some Monochrome Prints produced using black ink only have been rated to last over 100 years. Currently, four color Prints, using specific paper/ink combinations, are expected to last over 65 years. In addition to the ink, the choice of paper greatly affects the display life, or longevity, of an Iris print.

Within the Iris printmaking community one research lab, Wilhelm Imaging Research, Inc., has become the recognized authority for judging and rating print longevity. Wilhelm has established a standardized method for measuring and rating the display life of many different types of prints. Their web site (www.wilhelm-research.com) publishes expected display life ratings for many ink and paper combinations. The data is updated frequently, because the research and development of archival iris inks and paper has accelerated dramatically due to the increased interest in Digital Printmaking.

QUADTONE inks utilize only dilution's of black, the most fade-resistant (lightfast) color. Currently, Wilhelm rates a Monochrome print using Iris Equipoise Black Ink Only on Somerset Velvet Paper to exceed 150 years. No ratings are yet available for QUADTONE inks, but the results are expected to be a long display life.



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