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Watch: This Beautiful, Old-Style Printing Practice May Soon Become Extinct
By Yoon Sann Wong, 27 May 2015
The collotype is a photographic printing process invented back in 1856 by French photographer Alphonse Louis Poitevin.
Valued for its ability to preserve minute details in prints, the collotype was once a common technology used to produce fine art photos.
Unfortunately, the industry has been experiencing much pressure over recent years.
Today, only two collotype studios remain, both residing in Kyoto, Japan.
The larger of the two is printing company Benrido. It is the only studio that can print collotype in color.
According to filmmaker Fritz Schumann, “The quality of collotype prints can hardly be matched by today's printers, the colors are extremely endurant and stay vibrant for decades. It's a printing without relying on dots, hence it's almost 1:1 in resolution when compared to the original.”
In a recent visit to the studio, Schumann created a pleasant short film documenting the operations of the company which you can watch below.
[via Peta Pixel, video via Fritz Schumann]
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