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26 August 2023

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

So we're pleased to present the 515th in our series of Saturday matinees today: A Depth into Printing.

In this 10:41 video from Lower Cape TV, Bob Korn begins by talking about the primacy of the print in photography before continuing with a discussion of the transition from film to digital to artificial intelligence. In every case, he says, it's still about light and putting that image on paper.

Korn has been a master photographic and digital printmaker in Massachusetts for nearly 50 years. His work can be found in every major collection throughout the world, including the Getty, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, the Smithsonian and others.

As he speaks about the art of making a print, we're treated to a slide show of some very impressive images from John Huet, Fran Forman, Carol Guzy and Jon Vaughan. He shows these artists in his Cape Code workshop gallery.

"I'm always looking," he reveals the secret to his process. The file always has a lot of information but he has to decide how to present it and he does that by looking at proofs of the image.

The fine art images by Fran Forman and Jon Vaughan in which artificial intelligence was used are particularly stunning, but Korn admits he was reluctant to print them.

He was only convinced when he realized these images, too, needed to be beautiful prints. Each photographer who uses artificial intelligence, he points out, employs it in different ways but always based on their own image.

"There's still this incredible connection between artist and technology," he says.

Forman and Vaughan clearly each have their own approach to using artificial intelligence. In fact they each sent one of their own photographs to the other to work on with artificial intelligence. The work each artist did with artificial intelligence made the image their own.

Suggesting that, whatever the means, the image still depends, as Korn says, on the creativity of the artist.

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