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Misfortune gives birth to a new method of reproducing fine art.
Graham Nash, who is best known for his singing and songwriting with the group Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, started the digital printmaking phenomenon now known as Giclee. Historically there were many important people and events that contributed to this discovery; their stories will be told in upcoming chapters.
During the late 80's, it was the passion of many artists to make high quality prints of artwork created on the computer. The problem was that it was not possible to reproduce these beautiful computer generated images in a way that truly satisfied the artists creating them.
It was the effort to make the best of a bad situation that expedited the solution to this problem.
Graham Nash was asked to exhibit his photographic works of art in Japan (classic pictures of Joni Mitchell, David Crosby, etc). A well-known overnight delivery company lost some of his most precious images, images that he had intended to use in this show. He did have contact sheets of this body of work, but the original negatives were never located.
News of his dilemma passed through a network of friends, and help was soon to follow. Associates offered to drum scan a 35mm proof and make a poster-sized print on an Iris printer. An Iris printer was a device used by the printing industry for proofing before large press runs. He presented Graham with a poster sized glossy print. The quality of this reproduction exceeded all expectations. Upon seeing the final result, Graham was curious to know whether one could print the image on a fine water color paper with texture. The answer was yes, and thus "the Giclee" was born. A solution to an individual problem resulted in the birth of a new industry.
The story has gotten really intense from here. A loosely knit community has developed over the last 10 years which has changed and advanced the ability to reproduce fine art work, opening the doors to expanded exploration and sharing of beauty. What was once imagined is now reality.
The details of this journey on the path to developing the artistry and technology in giclee printing will be continued in future chapters of this article.