LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- In a ceremony today at the National
Museum of American History, Graham Nash and partner R. Mac Holbert, on behalf
of Nash Editions, donated an IRIS printer to the museum's photographic history
collection, an early example of how new technology was adapted by Nash
Editions to produce not only fine art prints, but a new business model.
The museum also received an Apple II fx computer; a 1989 IRIS print of
David Crosby (the first print created at Nash Editions) from a negative
created by Nash in 1969; and eight black-and-white images from a digitally
produced portfolio by Horace Bristol, one of the original Time/LIFE
Nash Editions, founded by Nash and Holbert in 1989, was born when Tokyo's
Parco Gallery approached Nash about exhibiting 35 of his personal photos in
groups of 50 34-by-46-inch prints. Although the IRIS printer was designed as
a color-proofing device for commercial printing, Nash decided to experiment
with the printer in order to produce the 1,750 large-scale photos. Located in
Manhattan Beach, Calif., the company focuses on digital imaging and printing
and is recognized as the world's first fine art digital printmaking studio.
Douglas Kirkland, Richard Ehrlich, Peter Ralston and Joshua Greene of
Milton H. Greene Archives Inc., clients of Nash Editions, are also donating
various prints produced by the IRIS printer.
Nash Editions purchased the IRIS 3047 in 1989 from IRIS Graphics in
Bedford, Mass., and used it until Dec. 31, 2004. By the 1990s, IRIS printers
were capable of accommodating various grades of inks, cloth and paper. The
printers use ink-jet technology and can produce a range of works, including
posters, textiles and fine art photography.
"The IRIS printer will stand as a symbol of change within the world of
professional digital photography," said the museum's director Brent D. Glass.
"Nash Editions' contributions, as well as an earlier acquisition from
photographer John Paul Caponigro, are excellent examples of where art, science
and technology meet to produce wonderful objects and influence a whole
medium," he added.
Nash, one of the founding members of the rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash
and Young, sold a collection of more than 2,000 prints in 1990 and used much
of the proceeds to create Nash Editions. Under the creative eye of long time
friend Holbert, a team of artists and technicians spent a year of research and
development before Nash Editions opened to the public in July of 1991. In
addition to digital imaging and collecting, Nash has been a serious
photographer since the age of 11. In 1994, Steidl published a collection of
Nash's photographs entitled "Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash."
The photographic history collection, begun by the Smithsonian in 1896, is
the first collection of photography in a U.S. museum and holds 12,000 pieces
of photographic equipment and 200,000 images that capture the history, art and
science of photography. Nineteenth-century photography is especially well
represented and includes paper photographs, as well as equipment and studio
set-ups. The history of amateur photography and photojournalism are also
preserved in the collection, along with cameras used by Eadweard Muybridge and
the work of 20th-century masters such as Richard Avedon and Edward Weston.
The collection began to focus on digital photography following the events
of Sept. 11, when many of the initial images were captured and transmitted by
digital technology. In addition to Nash Editions' contribution, the museum
has acquired John Paul Caponigro's collection that shows one photographer's
move from conventional photography to digital, including his equipment,
software and printers. The digital photo history collection also includes the
first consumer color digital camera (for less than $1,000) that connected to a
computer, the Apple Quick Take 100; photographs of Shanksville, Pa., that were
transmitted by cell phone; and a digital camera used by a Pentagon employee on
The National Museum of American History collects, preserves and displays
American heritage through exhibitions and public programs about social,
political, cultural, scientific and military history. Documenting the
American experience from Colonial times to the present, the museum looks at
growth and change in the United States. The museum is located at 14th Street
and Constitution Avenue, N.W., and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For more information, visit the museum's Web site at
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