We run as an artisan-studio, with care and concern for production based on the highest standards of craftsmanship.
In our studios, we look at the latest and best advances, enabling us to promise that our work is the highest state of the art and efficient. We have advised clients including top museums and fine artists on best digital practices.
With over 20 years experience, we have acquired the tools, developed the skills, and maintain the systems to allow us to be able to create the perfect print.
Our Brooklyn-based digital production company is an artisan-studio, where our high standards of craftsmanship are reflected in care and concern for production.
Our clients include both fine art and commercial photographers and the work we produce for our artists can be found in the permanent collections of museums, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Brooklyn Museum of Art.
Ken Allen Studios also provides consultation and digitization for permanent collections as well as exhibit printing and large-format display printing for a growing list of museums, historical societies, and other institutions with photographic collections.
With new technologies in printing and digitization and updated standards for scanning and archival digitization constantly evolving, we are always exploring the latest and the best practices in our field.
It is through research, practice, and our belief in the value of craftsmanship that we are able to promise that our work meets the highest standards.
Throughout the year we set aside time to test new methods and papers, experimenting and challenging ourselves to constantly improve and refine our production. Our clients are exacting and visionary; their experiments in photography and imaging push us to find new processes to help them achieve their vision.
Ken Allen Studios, Founded in 2005.
Ken Allen Studios is a member of the following organizations:
- American Alliance of Museums
- The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (AIC)
- The International Center of Photography (ICP)
- The National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP)
- The Photographic Materials Group (PMG)
- The Society of American Archivists (SAA)
- The Society for Imaging Science and Technology (IS&T)
Ken Allen has been working in the field of photography for over 20 years.
His respect for film and historic photographs, participation in the Kodak PhotoCD project, and involvement in commercial digital photography since its earliest years gives him a deep knowledge in the development of the digitization of images. He has developed techniques for scanning and color corrections to optimized data and print results from digital files, as well as special protocols for scanning color negatives. Over 30% of the business at Ken Allen Studios is helping museums make the transition to digital archives.
In May 2006, Canon introduced printers with photographic quality pigment inksets. Epson quickly followed with its K3 inksets, which provided a wider color gamut and greater archival integrity for digital prints than ever before. These developments galvanized Ken to experiment with the new printers: "I had been experimenting with and testing digital printers since 1989, including the very first 5x7 inkjet printers from Sony and I had been on the launch team for the Kodak dye sublimation printers. As an avid photographer, I continued to experiment and test until, in 2005, the Ultrachrome K3 7800 and 9800 printers came out. Finally the color, sharpness, depth, black and white capabilities, lack of metamerism, new papers, and archival features made this the clear choice for any fine art photography. As I showed my photographer friends the work that I was producing, they began asking me to print their work. And that's how I started the printing part of my business.