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Roland Dufau | Cibachrome Printer

  • France
  • 2015
  • fr
  • en
  • 21'

Cibachrome is a colour printing process that has now virtually disappeared. In 2015, Roland Dufau opened the doors to his lab to us, then exclusively reserved for collection prints. His machine, a rare jewel, is more than 30 years old and can no longer keep pace with large-scale exhibitions. In total darkness, where he sculpts the light, he guides us and reveals his know-how as he receives his last roll of Cibachrome paper.

Roland Dufau | Cibachrome Printer
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Synopsis

Cibachrome is a colour printing process that has now virtually disappeared. In 2015, Roland Dufau opened the doors to his lab to us, then exclusively reserved for collection prints. His machine, a rare jewel, is more than 30 years old and can no longer keep pace with large-scale exhibitions. In total darkness, where he sculpts the light, he guides us and reveals his know-how as he receives his last roll of Cibachrome paper.

What you will find in this film

An iconic process which has now disappeared • A rare artisan • Behind the scenes of creation • A radiophonic film • A process that reveals the transparency of slides • A very old machine • The Roland Dufau method • Prints of photos by Gilles Caron and Lucien Clergue • Printing in total darkness • Roland Dufau's masks • The history of Cibachrome • The final hours of Roland Dufau's lab

To me the most sensual object d'art is a photo print wonderfully executed.

Film chapters

summary00:00 Single prints

summary05:05 Working in total darkness

summary11:36 A paper and a process

summary14:17 Masks and transparency

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