“The differences between scan and photograph are sometimes not obvious at first glance if a good photographer has produced it using the right lighting and you do not know what the original looks like since we often first see many works of art in reproduction form. However, we know what a lot of work is involved to prevent it coming out with a distorted perspective or with brightness discrepancies at the corners. This is why scanning is always interesting, because it is often more efficient and accurate.
If work has a high materiality, it is generally a challenge to produce an accurate print of it. Artists and we are also sensitive to the colour rendering of reproductions. If a redgrey only looks like grey, it’s a real shame. Some of the artists we work with therefore prefer the scan, for example Philipp Mager and his wood carvings which always come out very precisely and succinctly. And it is also interesting to find out what can be done with his ‘paste’ paintings, in other words paintings with a thick, relief-type paint application.”
Falkenberg Gallery of Modern Art, Hannover