© Artwork of Paolo Monina, printed by Cesare Bossi
In 1982, well known photographer and printing experimenter Cesare Bossi founded in Florence a printing laboratory, Scaghero, pilot project of Italian Kodak. This was the beginning of his way towards the creation of the Contemporary Archive of Fine Art Printing (ACSAF) that existed since late 1980s and was officially founded in 1995. The archive became a natural continuation of Scaghero and inherited from the latter both experience in various techniques and research enthusiasm. ACSAF has many names: cultural organization, photographic laboratory, research and experimental laboratory for various materials and techniques. For decades, the Archive’s specialists worked with a number of hand printing techniques on various papers including hand made papers. From 1998 they have been applying their previous experience to the field of digital technology.
The ACSAF exhibition in ROSPHOTO is dedicated to an important phenomenon of contemporary history of photography: the shift of technologies. Each artist is the child of his own time and uses contemporary techniques that evolve in accordance with the development and implementation of techniques and instruments. It seems pointless to find out which of the systems, older or newer one, is better than the other. Beside that, photography has always been the area of ultimate importance of cooperation between the artist (creator) and the printer (implementor). This importance is no less with the arival of digital technologies to art photography. The aim of the exhibition is to show how this cooperation works today. The works on display show how the understanding between author of artwork and printing specialist results in the best realization of concept.
© Artwork of Occhiomagico, printed by Cesare Bossi
ROSPHOTO and ACSAF display artworks of nine authors, printed by Cesare Bossi: Olimpia Hruska, Michele Alassio, Ewa Mari Johansson, Occhiomagico, Gabriele Maschio, Paolo Monina, Richard Nieto, Paraito and Enith Perez.
Vignette : © Artwork of Paolo Monina, printed by Cesare Bossi