David Travis (Dave) taught me how to print colour and in particular Cibachrome. I worked with him for about two years at Elmi Graphics. He taught me how to make contrast control negatives and in doing so I learned a lot about the colours in an image. We working in Magenta, Cyan and Green. As we filtered the different colours of the chrome (aka slides) I began to see how and when the colours would separate from each other. Often an image may lean towards the reds, blues, or yellows. Sometimes this is good to give a certain feel to the photograph. But often it is a cause for less than perfect colour. Dave liked to say make the print, the photograph “sing”. Perhaps that’s when you heard the choir sing the heavenly unified Aaahhhhhh.
I knew Dave had a connection to a couple notable fine art photographs of the day. I assisted him on prints for Paul Caponigro, Lucien Clergue, and Eliot Porter. Today, with the search capabilities of the Internet, I learned more about Dave. He did printing for several famous photographers. Here is a list from the Museum of Fine Arts Boston of Dave’s registered prints. I feel very fortunate to have worked with and been taught by Dave.