The fading of color photographs led me to the discovery of the historic carbon printing process. This photographic printing technique was used to make the first color photographic print in 1869 and later became the preferred color print process for commercial and fine art photographers of the early 20th century. Famed for the beauty and longevity of its color prints, the process was abandoned by the 1960’s and replaced with modern (simpler, faster, cheaper but quick to fade) color print systems. My work in this process began in 1976 and led to the development of unique color print materials and new printmaking techniques.
This new approach to the carbon process resulted in the Polaroid Permanent Print in1986 and then a year later, to the founding of UltraStable Color Systems, Inc, which produced four color carbon pigment films until 1999. UltraStableColor prints are now considered to be the finest and most durable color photographic prints ever made and are in the collection of many of the worlds leading museums and archives. A few fine art printmakers continue to use the process for selected clients and their own personal pleasures.