Graphics Atlas began with the print characterization research initiated by the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation in 2004. In 2007, IPI researcher Ryan Boatright developed digitalsamplebook.org as a free educational website on print characterization. Under the guidance of IPI’s director, James Reilly, staff including Ryan Boatright, Zach Long, Gawain Weaver, Caroline LeFevre and Kate Palitsch set about transforming Digital Sample Book into the more sophisticated resource, Graphics Atlas. In 2009, the University of Virginia Rare Book School director, Terry Belanger, provided IPI with helpful insights into the pre-photographic and photomechanical processes and contributed exemplary set of sample prints to image for the website. When long time project supervisor, Ryan Boatright, left IPI to live abroad and pursue his artistic career, Zach Long became responsible for managing the project. Graphics Atlas was officially launched in February 2010. Zach Long left IPI in the summer of 2010, and Kristin Smith became responsible for managing the project.
In 2012, IPI received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, Sustaining Knowledge of the Materials of Photography through Research and Education, to support the continued expansion of Graphics Atlas. Alice Carver-Kubik was hired as a Photographic Research Scientist to lead the project and Alyssa Marzolf was hired as the Imaging and Microscopy Technician. Sona Pastel-Daneshgar was the first Photograph Research Intern for the project followed by Stephanie Hofner and Adrienne Evans.
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