Richard Corman & Icons

Richard Corman is a rare breed of photographer whose work varies widely in style and subject matter, yet it’s always intensely focused on the human spirit. As a portrait photographer, Corman has worked with an iconic breadth of subjects, from Nobel Peace Prize recipients Nelson Mandela and James Dewey Watson to esteemed actors such as Robert De Niro, Paul Newman and Al Pacino. He also has worked with elite athletes who inspire greatness, like Muhammad Ali, as well as with writers and artists who have left an indelible mark, including Kurt Vonnegut, Basquiat and Noguchi.

A protégé of Richard Avedon, Corman has been capturing poignant moments of human triumph for over three decades, shooting with a Rolleiflex camera when he began to now creating portraits with state-of-the-art digital cameras. Humbling experiences with sociocultural projects and nonprofit organizations are reflected in Corman’s photographs. Most notable is his heartfelt work with the Special Olympics, as he has been traveling the world and photographing these inspiring athletes for more than 20 years.

Corman has been at the forefront of pop culture for almost his entire career. In 1983, he captured a series of striking images with up-and-coming starlet Madonna as she was on the verge of releasing her debut album. The radical East Village of Manhattan was the backdrop to showcase Madonna’s iconic fashion style, spontaneity and pioneering attitude. Rolling Stone refers to Corman’s versatile body of work as “iconic.” And filmmaker Ken Burns refers to Corman’s work as “recording big moments and small, among the famous and ordinary and challenging larger truths relevant to all of us.

I’m always looking at new technologies, and when I came to Duggal, I was looking for a printer that would reproduce texture, contrast and three-dimensional quality as I feel and see it,
says Corman.

One of Corman’s most memorable moments was in 2001, when he was in Cape Town, South Africa, as the official photographer for the Special Olympics. While there, he was asked to photograph a visit to Robben Island by Nelson Mandela and senior members of the Special Olympics. This was one of the first times President Mandela had returned to Robben Island after 18 years of imprisonment there. Corman took a distinguished photograph of President Mandela visiting his old cell. Corman has remained inspired by President Mandela’s greatness and humility, and recently arranged for his collaborative partner Alec Monopoly to create a unique painting using the original photograph, which will be donated to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Corman once again finds himself at the forefront of a new wave, this time with technology. He’s one of the first photographers in the world to print on the new HD C-Prints™ exclusively at Duggal. The new printer, located in Duggal’s headquarters in New York City, features an unprecedented 6,100 apparent dpi, which is twice the resolution of other photographic prints, and far beyond all inkjet technologies that exist today.

Just as Duggal once changed the paradigm by introducing digital printing when most others were debating whether digital could replace film, the new Duggal HD C-Prints represent a giant leap forward in fine-art digital printing.

“I’m always looking at new technologies, and when I came to Duggal, I was looking for a printer that would reproduce texture, contrast and three-dimensional quality as I feel and see it,” says Corman. “The prints that come out of this new printer are unlike anything I’ve ever seen. The texture is unsurpassed, and it has the ability to pick up the smallest of details and bring the depth, range of contrast and tone to a whole new level.”

Equipped with a solid-state RGB laser unit, the HD C-printer contains the only exposure system, which allows almost realistic reproduction of color depth, color separation, perfect continuous tone and maximum details in the highlights and shadows.

The proprietary Polielettronica 48-bit/color-graphic processor guarantees the complete transfer of information from image to paper. The laser alignment system and the optical transfer through a single fiber optic guarantees the maximum quality of each of the 1.3 GB pixels needed to create a 50×100-inch print. Just as CCDs once heralded a quantum shift in the way photographs were taken, the HD C-printer fundamentally shifts the way photographers will be able to create digital archival fine-art photographs.

At Duggal, when we work with legendary photographers like Richard Corman, who spend extraordinary resources to create iconic images, it becomes our imperative to match their efforts by offering them the best possible print technology the world has to offer. I’m extremely proud to become the first company in the world to make these exceptional HD C-Prints available to photographers so they’re able to finally express the nuances of a beautiful image available in tactile archival form. HD C-Prints represent the ultimate marriage of art and science at Duggal, a motto upon which I founded the company more than five decades ago. It’s a technological breakthrough that allows us to create fine-art digital imagery unlike any other created in the history of photographic printing.

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