“State Street, Skagway, Alaska” by John J Penner is printed using a process called piezography. Also known as carbon inkjet printing, piezography a is a monochrome black-and-white printing process that works with five to seven gray ink gradations. The process was first developed by Jon Cone in 2000 and has been refined ever since. The inks are made from pure carbon pigments, which gives the print exceptional durability. Thanks to the fine gradation of the inks, a resolution and impression of analog prints is achieved that is not possible with any other inkjet printing process. In “State Street, Skagway, Alaska” John J Penner uses seven different hues of carbon ink in warm and cool variations, producing great acuity and detail. These photographs glow.
Skagway, with a population of just over 1100, is located at the northernmost point of the Inside Passage in southeast Alaska. Although it was an important port in the Alaskan Gold Rush between 1896 and 1899, its streets are today lined with wooden boardwalks and restored buildings and look much as they did over 100 years ago. The name Skagway comes from from sha-ka-ԍéi or “Skagua” in the Tlingit language, referring to rough seas in the Taiya Inlet caused by strong north winds.
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