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Avril > Pigment print - Enhanced pigment print

François Avril’s passion for cities is a pleasure for the eye. He is one of those who dissect and reveal the infinity of urban forms and the wealth of architecture that the world offers us.


Pigment prints have their origins in the history of prints: «Since its beginnings, prints have been linked to technological progress. It took off thanks to the invention of paper and participated in the evolution of scientific knowledge through its almost exclusive situation of image dissemination. «


Printing and mechanized reproduction subsequently transformed artistic processes such as printmaking. The spread of lithography, screen printing and now digital printing demonstrates continuity in the evolution of printmaking. The development of the digital print is done in parallel with that of digital art and with the popularization of digital photography. Interest in digital photography has increased demand for paper and archival inks, resulting in improved preservation of digital proofs.

According to Franck Bordas ... «even if hybridizations are more frequent and often more difficult to distinguish, the notions of reproduction print and original print are based on the same distinctions: print from a pre-existing original or specific creation by ‘an author.» To answer this question, some artists create their work on a single file which they call «original», others produce limited (and numbered) prints; still others offer «open editions» (unlimited prints). The value of the work is determined by the existence or not of multiples and by their number.