The Digital Print

The Digital Print

The Complete Guide to Processes, Identification and Preservation

  1. Martin C. Jürgens
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  • ISBN 9780500514986
  • 25.30 x 20.30 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 328pp
  • Illustrated in colour and black and white throughout
  • First published 2009
‘A fascinating and well-researched book that you’ll want to keep close at hand ’ – Artists & Illustrators Magazine
'The volume is a valuable resource for the photographic printer, conservator and collector and I thoroughly recommend it'– The Royal Photographic Society, Imaging Science Group Blog

Demystifies the complex, rapidly changing, and sometimes confusing world of
digital print technologies

This invaluable resource describes the major digital printing processes used by photographers and artists over the past forty years, explaining and illustrating materials and their deterioration, methods of identification, and options for acquiring and preserving digital prints.

A fold-out poster provides a ready reference for identifying specific processes and materials.

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Anyone involved in identifying and preserving digital prints – from conservators, curators, archivists and registrars to photographers, artists and printing studios – will want this comprehensive, one-of-a-kind volume.

•The definitive book on printing technologies, materials and print characteristics.
• Categorizes processes – from dot matrix and inkjet to thermal transfer – into print technology families.
• Provides recommendations for storage and gallery labelling.
• Profusely illustrated with photomicrographs and cross sections, and examples of digital prints assembled over the last ten years.


Martin C. Jürgens, a conservator of photographs in private practice in Hamburg, Germany, specializes in the conservation of historical and contemporary photographic materials and digital prints.

Also of interest:
How to Identify Prints:
    A Complete Guide to Manual and Mechanical Processes from Woodcut to Inkjet

Ultra Materials: How Materials Innovation is Changing the World