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On Press: Printing The Lines

Edward Ranney’s The Lines features images from one of the foremost photographers of the Peruvian landscape. In 1985 Ranney, a Yale alum, began photographing the Nazca lines, a series of monumental geoglyphs that stretch across an arid plateau in southern Peru. Created by the Nazca culture some 2,000 years ago, the lines have perplexed archaeologists and inspired scores of visual artists. In order to achieve the subtle tonal ranges of Ranney’s images, Trifolio Printing in Verona, Italy, used a process called tritone printing, and the artist was on site to ensure the highest quality. This was Ranney’s first experience using tritone printing—which uses the build-up of three layers of ink, finished with a light varnish—to reproduce his work. As Ranney explains, “The process is not unlike how I print in the darkroom. Balancing the three different ink variables is of course more complex, but Trifolio was generous with their time and expertise, so I gradually got a good feel for the process. The subtlety and efficiency with which minute adjustments can be made with tritone is astounding, and the image quality, when all works well, is very special.”

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