As survivors of the professional fine art print industry we gather in this small humble place to talk about photography and the art and technique of creating beautiful photographic objects.
In 2006, a few of us met in New York City and found much in common. What followed was a five year back and forth conversation on all topics related to printing with ink for ourselves and our customers. We found a camaraderie of spirit. We discovered that we like to tinker and push technology beyond its breaking point to see what it can really do! We all work in that interesting zone where the printmaker is half artist/half scientist and it gives us an ability to see and understand the objects we create. As printmakers working for other artists we enjoy an advantage: we are free from the entrapments of artistic doubts or feelings of unworthiness: ego doesn’t play as big a role in what we do and that is refreshing.
From our perspective we see two reoccurring constraints on contemporary photographic practice. The first is a dogmatic adherence to specific tools, technical manuals, and photo making techniques even when they undermine artistic accomplishment. The second is an artificial interpretation of what a photograph is and can be. The digital world has brought this last question to the forefront even while many photographers stick to their four corners and 35mm dimensions like barnacles to a bilge. Over drinks one night at SPE in Atlanta, we talked about these issues and how they might be addressed. We decided to create this website, dedicated to making the objects we love.
This site talks about the tools and creativity we use to make other people’s art and our own. We publish papers about techniques and procedures that actually work. We want to share with you some thoughts we have about where photography and printing is now and where it might go (or need to go). We write about ways to approach image making, from capture through processing to printing, that do not impede the artistic process.
The Agnostic Print makes space for the artist in this cluttered world of CMOS sensors, inkjet printers, and internet chatter. We hope you’ll find it a worthy resource.