Located at Atlanta, Georgia, Dean Imaging (www.deanimaging.com) specializes in fine art museum quality digital print imaging for exhibitions, portfolios, and limited edition books. Dean Imaging's creative director John Dean has been producing high-end gallery quality photographic prints since 1980 and has been working daily with Epson large format pigment output since 2001.
John Dean of Dean Imaging uses several large format Epson Photo Stylus machines, each set up for specialized fine art applications. Output size ranges from small intimate fine prints to very large 44"x 100" and longer. Dean Imaging concentrates on working in a personalized way with artists in the production of their prints. The studio is devoted to testing and offering the finest 100% rag printmaking papers to their clients, such as Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, Hahnemuhle William Turner, Premier Art Hot Press, Somerset Velvet Enhanced, and Concorde Rag. Epson fine art prints are now shown all over the world in the finest museums and galleries. Our new monochrome techniques allow for pure rich black and white imagery to be produced on any media. Utilizing a Quadtone Rip designed by Roy Harrington, we are now able to "tone" our black and white to any color we want. This means totally neutral, warm, cool, selenium tone, and Carbon Sepia tones are easily accessible. These pure pigment monochromes have been rated for permanence beyond 300 years in daylight on the best media when sprayed with UV protective spray. The Epson Archival CF inkset we also use has approximately twice the permanence ratings as the Ultrachome inkset. All of these new pigments have made color photography one of the most collectable forms of artwork of our time. These pigment monochrome inkjet prints can now match the color of any artwork or original photograph with out the presence of metamerism. With a proper software rip, pigment monochrome prints can now be shown under any lighting situation without altering the color or saturation of the image. These Ultrachrome monochrome prints are capable of subtle tonal transitions, deep blacks and delicate, fully alterable monochrome hue. Deanimaging.com is known for working with individual artists to come up with physical forms for their artwork in a digital form that challenges both the artist as well as their audience to see photographic presentation in a wholly new way. No longer are we bound by the limits of Kodak color and plastic impermanent dye printmaking. New Carbon Pigment monochrome photographic output is not only as lasting as archivally processed silver prints, but in some cases can actually out perform the stability of traditional black and white techniques, and with much greater control and repeatability from session to session.
www.deanimaging.com is now working with painters and other non-photo based artists to accurately reproduce editions, or single copies of oil, acrylic, and watercolor paintings, as well as fine drawings, traditional prints, and mixed media works. Any type of artwork can be directly scanned here in Atlanta, or output from drum scans of transparencies or negatives of the artwork. All works are proofed for exact color and tonal content before final prints are made. Most of our work for photo printmaking is done from high resolution high bit drum scans of all film types. More and more work is coming in from the higher quality digital cameras. Canvas is an especially exciting new area for all kinds of presentation possibilities, from photo images as well as from scans of original large and small paintings and drawings. We want to work with more painters and multi-media artists in creating complementary outlets for limited edition fine prints. Museums are now showing Epson pigment prints along side all other accepted media. Recent tests by the Wilhelm Institute have shown that Epson Ultrachrome pigment prints can, with proper rag media last greater than 200 years in normal viewing light for 8 hours a day when sprayed with Premier Art Print Shield and shown behind UV glass. Monochrome prints printed with Epson Ultrachrome pigments, on appropriate media can last up to or longer than 300 years in daylight when sprayed and shown behind UV glass. Dark storage can be longer if storage conditions are acceptable. Somerset Velvet and Premier Art Hot Press have shown outstanding color and monochrome stability, exceeding almost all types of photographic reproduction. This is a whole new era for permanent, saturated and accurate color reproduction. The Boston Museum of Fine Art is now using large format Epson printers for their careful and highly sought after painting reproductions from their collection. Deanimaging also uses less expensive high-quality coated photo papers such as Epson Premium Luster, Epson Enhanced Matte, and Legion Matte for advertising, portrait, or fine art photographers on a restricted budget.
Deanimaging uses pigment inksets such as Epson Ultrachrome in an Epson Stylus Pro 9600, Epson Archival inkset in an Epson Stylus Pro 10,000 , and Cone Piezzotone carbon pigments in an Epson Pro Stylus 7000. Very high-end extremely saturated color prints are possible on coated and non-coated papers, canvas, cotton fabric, silk, rag vellum and synthetic silk media. We work with artists to produce the finest gallery ready artwork from their original negatives, transparencies, and digital camera files. Pigment prints on Rag and Canvas media, screen dividers output on the finest coated silks, and composite images created in Photoshop are some of the areas Dean Imaging works with. There are many types of archival canvas media now available from soft matte finish to glossy and textured. Print sprays such as Premier Art print guard has not only give these new media protection agains uv light but also protects them against pollution, moisture, fingerprints, etc. These new UV print sprays have been shown by the Wilhelm Institute to double or even triple the life of a high-end pigment inkjet print. Silks made by Jacquard, especially for inkjet processes, have give forms to photographs never before dreamed of. Photo inkjet pigment silk imaging can be layered and lit in a gallery for all kinds of exciting sculptural forms. Photographic pigment printing has come of age. Any kind of photography or visual art can be reproduced, enhanced, combined, and reconstituted in various forms with totally archival and color saturated precision. DeanImaging specializes in working one on one with all types of artists in the creation of their prints, exhibitions, and portfolios. Photoshop combined with new media and improved stability pigments have given us possibilities that 5 years ago we never even dreamed of.
John Dean is the creative director of Dean Imaging of Atlanta, Georgia (www.deanimaging.com). John Dean started his business Dean Imaging in Atlanta in 2002 to specialize in the exciting new area of archival digital imaging for the art community. Dean Imaging specializes in working with fine art photographers, portrait photographers, designers, and related visual artists to materialize their creative ideas digitally. John has both a BFA in fine art photography from the University of Arizona in Tucson and an MFA in fine art photography from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He studied with Todd Walker, William Larson, Harold Jones, Esther Parada, Martha Madigan, Larry Fink, and offset printmaking with Michael Becotte at the Tyler Offset Workshop in Philadelphia, and the history of photography with Keith McElroy P.H.D. In Tucson. He has a very strong background in the history of photography having worked as an assistant at the Center For Creative Photography in Tucson for 3 years where he learned about the finest photographic printmaking first hand from the actual portfolios of America's and Europe's greatest photographers. In that environment he met many of these great printmakers: like Ansel Adams, Emmit Gowin, Harry Callahan, Aaron Siskind, Frederick Sommer, Paul Caponigro, Jerry Uelsman, and W. Eugene Smith to name a hand full. Technically having come from a traditional photo background within the large format view camera discipline, John couldn't believe how the inventions of Adobe Photoshop and high stability pigment inkjet imaging has changed the entire landscape of all forms of photography. It has made what we did even 10 years ago seem primitive and 19th Century by comparison. It is also no longer toxic, and much more textural and physical in so many ways. Dean Imaging strives to provide a service where individual artists have a say in the final production of their unique bodies of work within the new media context that now exists. Dean Imaging is primarily concerned with accuracy of the artists visual intention and great care is given to the longevity of the final work produced. Color photography has never been this beautiful, textural, and varied. Monochrome photography has never been so controllable. Dean Imaging is not interested in making artworks that don't last, or in doing things quickly in a rushed framework. Dean Imaging is not a service bureau with quick turn around times and high volume schedules. John tries to work with creative individuals that know what they want to do but might not know how, or have the inclination to spend their time in mastering such pursuits. As the new techniques and aesthetics of digital printmaking continue to evolve, we will make sure we grow along with them. The next 10 years will prove to be revolutionary for us all, that is for sure. Contact John Dean at www.deanimaging.com or visit our Atlanta Georgia office.
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