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Epson technology brings emotive photos to life

An Epson SureColor SCP900 and Epson fibre-based paper have been used to produce a body of work by photojournalist Steve Thornton.

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The Fish Town Collection was produced using an Epson SureColor SCP900

Titled the Fish Town Collection, the photographs document the life of the port town of Grimsby through images of filleters and dock workers, buying and selling, and early morning auctions.

Thornton opted to print the images in black and white which he says “conveys industrial starkness and an emotive, raw honesty”.

Having used Nikon F3 HP 35mm film cameras and Ilford Gallery paper in 1990, Thornton wanted to create the same results and tonal range 30 years later.

To do this, he used Nikon D5 35mm digital cameras and similar focal length lenses but found sourcing the right paper tricky.

The photos showcased life at Grimsby’s fishing port

Thornton says: “I looked around and saw something on YouTube that talked about Epson fibre-based exhibition paper. I tested some samples and found the finish was unbelievable. You can go from 100% black to 95% white to add richness and detail.

“Many of the images have people in silhouette but you can still see the highlights on the sleeves or the trousers. The level of detail is incredible.”

To produce the set of 120 prints, Thornton used a 10-colour Epson SureColor SCP900 with ultra-chrome archival colour ink sets.

The three sizes of prints produced were A3+, A4 and A2 for a Limited Edition series, all of which were printed using the Epson SCP900 printer on 325gsm stock soft gloss finish Epson traditional photo paper.

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