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Tirage fresson en quadrichromie

The Fresson colour pigment print is inherited from the monochrome carbon "satin paper" process perfected at the end of the nineteenth century by Théodore-Henri Fresson. It was developed by his son Pierre from 1951 and finalised in 1959. It is still one of the techniques offered by the family run Atelier Fresson in Savigny-sur-Orge, France.

This process consists of four layers of bichromated gelatine containing natural or synthetic pigments for cyan, yellow, magenta and black colours, successively applied to the paper support. This is a direct pigment process, i.e. one that does not transfer picture layers onto a receiver media.Although the secrecy surrounding the making of a Fresson quadrichromy print remains, the main steps in the production process have been described by the family workshop. The paper support is put through four successive coating-sensitising-exposure-development phases, one per colour.

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