A Company of High Tech Images

By Penny Singer The New York Times www.nytimes.com When reproductions of paintings were needed for an exhibition at Philipsburg Manor in Sleepy Hollow, the task was given to Color Group Imaging Labs in Hawthorne. The company reproduced 3 1⁄2-by-7-foot, double-panel displays of paintings from the late 1600’s to the early 1700’s from 4-by-5 transparencies for the exhibition called “Cross Roads and Cross Rivers: Diversity in Colonial New York.” Marc Weinstein, president of Color Group, said museum curators are especially sensitive to color, light and form. “They require a lot of very painstaking work but, coming from a fine arts background, I get a lot of satisfaction when I see a museum project of ours on display,” he said. Kate Johnson, curator for Historic Hudson Valley, which operates six landmark properties, including Philipsburg Manor, said: “We have worked with Color Group for many years. They are very experienced in using state-of-the-art equipment. Their high-resolution scanning, 4-by-5 color transparencies and slides of the paintings have helped make this an exceptional exhibition, which has drawn attention from historians and archaeologists around the country.” The exhibition, the largest ever displayed at Philipsburg, Ms. Johnson said, not only depicts the early commercial history of the …

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Color Group Crosses the Digital Horizon

By Rich Handley Imaging Business Magazine When Marc Weinstein went to work for his father more than 20 years ago, he could not have predicted how different their family-run photo lab would become in time. Back then, Color Group Inc. of Hawthorne, NY, made its profit–as photo labs everywhere did at the time–on film processing and enlargement. Bulky, clunky, equipment lined the place, and the concept of an all-digital photo lab that worked without film seemed a crazy idea to anyone of sound mind. Color Group traces its roots back to 1946, when the original owner built a three person lab in his basement. “My dad bought it from another fellow who started it after WWll,” recalls Weinstein. “My dad was a photographer after the war, and he bought the lab in 1969. Then I came along in 1982. I was a photographer in New York City for 10 or 12 years, and I decided to try working with my dad, which worked out okay”. These days, Weinstein is Color Group’s President, leading a digital lab that handles all phases of the visual, photographic, and graphic arts. The company contains a drive-in photo/video studio available for rental on a per-diem …

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Art + Technology = Quality Control

ArtsNews Feature Artists who are riding the wave of new technology are discovering it gives them greater control over their art, more options, finer quality and a host of new conveniences. Artist Marc Weinstein, President of Color Group, a full service photo and imaging lab in Hawthorne, is most excited about how new technologies are enabling artists to duplicate their work. “In the old days we worked with artists to reproduce their work,” says Weinstein. “Now the quality of printing and imaging is so improved, that we have gone beyond just reproducing to nearly replicating art work. And, in many cases, incorporating the process as part of the original work.” Weinstein, a graduate of the Pratt Institute in New York, was trained as a photographer and printmaker. His business — helping artists and businesses produce their work give him little time for his own art. “Shoemakers don’t have shoes,” he says. According to Weinstein, the new accessibility of digital technology is the major factor in providing artist with more control and more options. Typically the use of digital involves scanning a print into the computer or sending it to the computer directly with a digital camera. Artists are using these …

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