|Long-Lasting: Print permanence expert Henry Wilhelm. Click to enlarge. (Photo by Mike Sturk/Little Guy Media)|
The British web site photo-i.co.uk has published an interesting two-part video interview with print permanence guru Henry Wilhelm, who talks about developments in pigment-ink-based inkjet printers over the past two to three years, as well as the history of color printing and pigments, and the archiving of photographs in general.
It appears that Wilhelm was interviewed in connection with the introduction of Hewlett-Packard's new pigment-based Z-series large format printers. Wilhelm says that these printers, along with pigment-ink printers developed by Epson and Canon over the past two to three years, represent a "stunning advance" in the history of color photography because they offer both unprecedented print life and the opportunity for photographers to re-acquire the role of fine printmaker, which many had retained for black-and-white but had relinquished to commercial labs for color in the silver-halide era.