Focus of My Travels by Thomas Knoll
March 3rd – April 25th
In the late eighties, Thomas Knoll and his brother John co-invented Photoshop. Thomas, an engineer working on his Ph.D. in image processing at the University of Michigan, teamed up with John, a cinematographer at Industrial Light and Magic, to create an image editing tool to add special effects to movies. The Abyss, released in 1989, was the first application of Photoshop in the motion picture industry.
The software that would become Photoshop was first released in 1989 as a software package bundled with a flatbed scanner under the name of Barney Scan XP. It was written before the advent of digital cameras, laser printers, inkjet printers or hard drives. Photoshop 1.0, released in 1990, triggered a computer revolution in the 1990s with the development of digital photography and digital printing. Desktop publishing revolutionized the world.
This unique partnership between engineer and artist changed our visual world forever. It was Thomas Knoll who took his high-school hobby of photography, (where he learned the art of color, balance, and contrast in his father’s basement darkroom) and turned it into a program that now touches millions of lives every day. If you take a look around, there isn’t much that hasn’t been touched in some way by Photoshop – from the graphic designs in marketing to special effects in the movies to millions of images on the internet.
All images are archival ink prints printed on an Epson 9900 large format printer using Epson Legacy Platine paper. Thomas Knoll and his wife Cheryl Dimont have graciously put together their digital photography shows for the Clinton Arts Center. This is truly a labor of love to produce this show.
Thomas Knoll Prints
Thomas and Cheryl are donating all of the proceeds of the sale of any of these exquisite prints to the Clinton Arts Center.