The Atelier Print: The Prosperi Project
This project redefines Fine Art Reproduction methods and uses these methods to reproduce the work of painter Warren Prosperi.
There are two unique aspects of the Prosperi Project - the process, and the artist.
First, we've developed an entirely new approach to reproducing artwork, based on the simple concept that a painting should be reproduced in the light that it was created. Both the color and quality of light is crucially important to remain faithful to the vision of the artist. We've proved this, with technology and science. But also with our eyes, and hearts.
Here are some examples. The first is a detail of a painting photograhed with the Atelier Method. The light is as the artist prefers it. It is predominately from above, but with some soft “North Light” fill from the side, as well as behind the camera. The texture of the canvas is evident, yet simple and clean, and readable. More importantly, the brush stroke is also readable, and is rendered in exactly the same way as the artist saw, and intended it.
The detail below is from a photograph of the same painting with conventional “copy-board” lighting:
The texture of the canvas is now confused – we don’t know how to read it. There are specular highlights all through this highly-varnished piece, and again, more importantly, the stroke is now rendered in a completely different way than what the artist saw in his studio.
What also becomes painfully clear is that the tone and color of the copy-board photograph suffers as well. Color hue and saturation is intimately related to the quality and wavelength of the viewing light. Standard copy-board lighting changes how we see not only texture, but the subtle relationships of the very essence of the work: the palette.
This has been developed over the course of several years, through implementing combinations of many of the most powerful tools of digital photography. It's a process that was completely impossible using film cameras, which required our lighting of an entire painting at once, and settle for whatever colors the film was able to capture. We precisely light and capture a small frame of the painting, and are able to step and repeat the capture, but by moving the painting rather than the camera. This, simple as it sounds, is the crux of reproducing the artist's vision.
We feel this is a profoundly important step in reproducing artwork. We want to prove this method, and we want to prove it with a living artist working with us every step of the way.
The second aspect of this project is Prosperi Studio. Warren Prosperi, painter, and Lucia Prosperi, his artistic collaborator and photographer, form Prosperi Studio. Prosperi's work comprises over 40 pieces, and is, we believe, profoundly important, living long into the future. Prosperi, influenced strongly by the Dutch painter Vermeer, and the classical tradition and Realist movement of the mid-19th century, breathes a new, contemporary life into a revered and important movement. We're not alone in this belief. He is represented by the Vose Gallery, in Boston, one of the most prestigious in the nation, and is in the Permanent Collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. See his work and learn more about Warren Prosperi at the Prosperi Studio web site, here.
Prosperi has been intimately involved in the development of this process, and will make an invaluable contribution in his oversight of the project from start to finish.
We've already started work on Prosperi's Portrait series. We're working in collaboration with Panopticon Imaging, Master digital Printmakers, with the prints destined for an exhibit in the Panopticon Imaging Gallery for February 2014.
We need your help. Only with your support and contribution will we be able to complete the entire available catalog.
Our end goal? To create a bound portfolio of prints, with files, as a reference. ...destined for any number of possibilities - a book perhaps, a limited edition of prints, or other ways of sharing this wonderful work - all with the assurance that we're experiencing the true intent of the artist.
Risks and challenges
There are no risks, and the challenge is simply the challenge we face every time we work to reproduce a work of art that's faithful to the artist's vision.
We've developed a RAW file process, a Color Management protocol and a file assembly process that is at the current state of the art. We've developed the hardware - a unique easel that allows us to hold and move the painting, securely and precisely.
The method is proven, but on a small scale. We need your help to prove it with a catalog of work, with the collaboration of the artist.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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