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Graham Nash, of the group Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young is credited with the start of our current Giclée printing process. Around 1989 Nash took a piece of printing equipment that was designed to make press proofs, and started to print his photographic work. The original printer cost around $500,000. After much testing and an outlay of a considerable amount of money Nash and his partners developed the first practical Iris Giclée printer. And as they say, "the rest is history."

The word giclée is derived from the French verb gicler meaning to squirt. Because the word "Giclée" (jhee-clay), (zhjee-clay), (zheeCLAY), (gee-clay), or (zhe-claý) is pronounced differently by many people, you can't say it wrong! You can only pronounce it with authority and a French accent. Use it as often as you can. This is an opportunity for you to sound well informed.

I sometimes say it is simply "the finest printing method available." The term giclée print typically connotes a certain elevation in printmaking technology. Images are high-resolution digital scans printed with archival quality inks onto archival acid-free paper. The giclée process provides better color accuracy than other means of reproduction. Giclée prints have become highly respected in the fine art world and have gained the admiration and respect of artists, photographers, graphic designers, and perhaps most importantly, the buying public.

Among the many museums with giclée prints in their collections are: The British Museum, The Metropolitan Museum New York, Los Angeles County Museum, Museum of Modern Art New York, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Giclée prints are used by the Louvre Museum in Paris to substitute original works of art too fragile to exhibit. Results are virtually continuous tone prints with striking accuracy. When printed on archival art papers and canvas, the giclée print has the look and feel of the original fine art, with a lasting quality that exceeds 100 years, without any noticeable change in color saturation or shift. [For comparison, photographs tested by the same procedure are rated at only 18 years.]

Digital printing has advanced so much in the last few years that it is no longer a case of it approaching the quality of a traditional color print, digital printing methods produce a Giclée print that is demonstrably superior to any other print on the market.

Every photograph from visible concepts is a Giclée print. Printed with archival ink on an archival acid-free paper.
Traditional prints and photographs cannot make these claims!
Giclée prints from visible concepts give you a vastly superior product!

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