Jon Cone
I am a collaborative master printer, a photographer, a teacher, and an ink and software developer. In order to juggle all these roles I drink a lot of coffee and run (with my wife Cathy Cone) several businesses simultaneously.

Cone Editions Press was founded in 1980 in Port Chester, NY as a collaborative experimental printmaking workshop featuring screenprint, etching, aquatint photogravure, relief print and monoprint. I began digital printmaking with artists and photographers in 1984. According to author Harald Johnson, I was the first. I knew at the time I had no one to follow or no place to seek advice. I prefer forging my own paths.

After opening and closing the Cone Editions Gallery in NYC in the late 1980s I moved to Vermont where I currently live and work. Cone Editions Press became 100% digital in 1990. By 1994, I was IRIS Graphics Development and Marketing Partner for Fine Arts. I set up and trained nearly 50 of the first fine art IRIS Giclee studios including David Adamson, Jamie Cook Editions, Hunter Fine Art, MuseX Editions, Robert Rauschenberg Studio, SaffTech, Urban Digital Color and so many others. I began developing archival inks for my own studio and those of my customers in 1994. I produced one of the first archival IRIS ink sets.

I invented Quad Black inkjet printing in 1995 and received the PDN/PIX Digital Innovator of the Year award in 1997 for my work in black & white photographic inkjet printing. In 1999, I founded and in 2000 began distributing desktop versions of Quad Black for Epson printers called Piezography®. Piezography continues to evolve, as does my own printmaking studio and collaborations.

I printed the last living portfolio for Richard Avedon called "In Memory of the Late Mr. & Mrs. Comfort: A Fable in 24 Episodes". I printed Gordon Parks color work for the Half Past Autumn exhibition for the Corcoran. Both of these were mid-1990s projects taking years to complete. From 2005-2008, I was the Master Printer for Gregory Colbert's massive Ashes and Snow exhibitions of the Nomadic Museum. These 8.5 x 14 foot prints were seen by more than ten million people making it the most attended art exhibition in history. Very few would ever realize that the prints were made with JonCone Studio inks and printed with inkjet.

In my spare time, I photograph mostly landscape with incredibly poor plastic and incredibly sharp glass lenses. My teaching now limited to private inkjet workshops here at Cone Editions Press in East Topsham, Vermont or as a guest teacher at workshops at other facilities.

I am currently developing the next and final (perhaps penultimate) generation of Piezography for Epson printers. I have also released my second generation of ConeColor color pigment inks for Epson Pro printers. As a printmaker I continue to collaborate on complex projects with photographers and artists seeking something different.

The State of the State of the Arts in Black & White

An opinion by Jon Cone based upon the article of the same name published in the Jan/Feb 2012 issue of View Camera Magazine.

In 2002, Epson introduced their first improvement to black & white printing when they added a light black ink in the then new Epson 2200 desktop printer. It would take Epson nearly five more years before they would deliver two … Continue reading

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