Funding is needed to improve the AaI&A website functionality and appearance. The new site will help us steer towards a more project-oriented approach where AaI&A members can have more direct say over which specific projects will receive their donations. We also plan to introduce new video tutorials on a variety of archiving, photography, and printmaking subjects, and more website infrastructure will be necessary to accomplish these goals.
Please help us fund this important effort for the photography and printmaking community. We need an initial budget of approximately $10K. The fund now stands at $0.
For anyone donatng to AaI&A at the present time, just email us via the "contact us" menu to let us know which projects you wish to help cover and also which future projects you'd like to see us undertake.
The new Epson SureColor P600 printer recently became available to customers from major dealers in the USA. Although the P600's ink set is still branded with the familiar "UltraChrome" label, Epson claims significant improvement in resin encapsulation technology and Black density levels compared to earlier UltraChrome branded ink sets. Hence, the P600 is not just a new printer. It also introduces a new and improved UltraChrome HD ink set according to Epson.
Samples have now been printed on the two initially chosen media, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Pearl and Epson Watercolor Textured paper, and they were placed into light fade testing on May 15, 2015. Test results from the 10 Megalux hour exposure mark will posted on or before July 15, 2015.
Learn more about the project here.
After six months of fundraising efforts to help AaI&A test more Epson SC P600/Ultrachrome HD samples, the project has not generated sufficient interest. At the current donation rate, the fund is growing too slowly to keep this project viable. The funds contributed to date don't cover the costs of testing even one additional sample, but in fairness to all who have supported the project to date, AaI&A will go ahead and test one additional P600/Ultrachrome HD sample. The project is now closed.
New donations to AaI&A will be added at this time to the general print permanence research fund.
The General Fund now stands at $680. These funds will soon be applied to the purchase of a new Xrite i1 Pro2 spectrophotometer. Our two Gretag Spectrolino spectrophotometers have performed extremely well over the years, but they will need to be retired soon.
Some members of Aardenburg Imaging & Archives have generously donated money and/or samples to our digital print research program during the past year. You believe in our work, and we want to thank you for your continuing support! Here is an AaI&A logo that you can place on your website along with a link to AaI&A if you like. We hope it will help you promote your personal commitment to an informed understanding of the durability of modern digital printing processes as well as more public awareness of the Aardenburg digital print research program.
When you download and unzip this file, you will find a folder with small, medium, and large images of the AaI&A membership logo. The small or medium size images may be just what you need for your website while the large one is useful for printing or resizing to suit custom requirements.