DigigraphieThe creation of the label Digigraphie ® is a fact quite recent. This technique was founded on 13 November 2003, the centenary of the exhibition in the autumn, but in fact goes back many years before. For a long time photographers, sculptors and painters, but also service providers for the fine arts such as photo labs, have used the technology of the Epson printers for reproducing fine art. And thus have paved the way for a new discipline: the digital reproduction of works of art.

But how to define a high-quality digital art print reproduced with an Epson printer? The issue was the focus of debate in the U.S. since 1991, when the manager of the prints at Nash Editions, Jack Duganne, was looking for a generic term describing the work of the artist Diane Bartz, reproduced with inkjet technology. He used the French term "jet d'encre (ink jet), which redefined as" JET "(jet / nozzle) to finally arrive at" Giclee "(spray). She was born a new label.

(Source: "Digital Printing"by Harald Johnson, Editions Eyrolles)

The French artists have faced the same problem Duganne. They immediately ruled out the term "ink jet", which they considered inappropriate for fine art prints. Some then decided to create his own label and that's how Philip Plisson, the artist of seascapes, coined the word "Pixographie, " while Jean-Noël Harmeroult the fashion photographer, he invented the term "Hyperchrome" .

These two professional image are then used to describe a personal label limited edition art prints obtained with the Epson professional photo printers.

Given these developments, in 2003 France has registered the name Epson ® Digigraphie INPI (Institute Nationale de la Propriété Industrielle) and the OHIM (Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market). The trademark has become so European. The label may be used by all those who play by the rules.