The Pigment Transfer Process


The technique of using pigments as the basis printing for photographic images is an old one, going back to the 19th Century. Many contemporary photographers utilize a modern version that is based on the transfer of laser prints or color Xeroxes. The technique used for printing the color images is unique in that it employs archival, pigmented inkjet images which have a finer resolution and greater permanence and stability than laser prints. These are transferred into an acrylic matrix to create color prints with a fresco-like surface as well as enormous archival stability . I came upon this technique accidentally. It was made possible by an "adhesion problem" associated with a particular commercial inkjet paper that has since been "remedied" by the manufacturer. There is no replacement available and no other technique or material that will allow this kind of transfer of inkjet-based images.