Lab & Artisans
Photography is only half of our story. We’re so lucky to have our very own, 3,200-square-foot lab in Evanston, Ill.—and it’s critical in creating the quality fine-art prints we are known for.
The lab is where all the post-shoot magic happens. Unlike most photographers, we process and print all of our own images—so every aspect of every print stays in-house.
what makes that great
With our own lab, we’re able to ensure the highest of standards: ours! Our group of talented lab artisans only craft CK images—and they’re the very best at what they do.
our hand finished prints
We print solely on archival, thick 100-percent cotton rag papers—with the highest-quality archival inks. Both paper and ink are environmentally sound. Each print is a one-of-a-kind piece of art, with a hand-lacquered, protective UV coating and hand edging. We take no shortcuts in our quest for the perfect print!
varouj kokuzian | vice president of lab operations
Varouj is our talented Lab Master and a true treasure in the world of black and white photography. For more than 45 years, he has dedicated his life’s work to fine-art printmaking, using both traditional and modern practices. Varouj personally inspects every CK print, and with his expert oversight, all aspects of our lab work in harmony.
ck vintage, circa 2003
Our lab artisans work tirelessly to create and perfect your prints. Even our advanced photo-production technology is no match for their biggest asset: the superb and irreplaceable judgment and heart of a trained human eye.
danielle mahoney | the perfectionist
Danielle is an expert at hand-finishing our prints into one-of-a-kind pieces of photo art. Known for her eagle eye, she makes certain that your prints and products are nothing short of perfect before they leave our lab.
ck vintage, circa 2005
suzanne hard | the producer
In a group full of free-flowing, right-brained energy, Suzanne controls the chaos—keeping the supply cabinets full and the projects on time. She also creates all of our proof prints and coordinates the very careful packaging and shipping our fine-art prints require.
ck vintage, circa 2004
ruben aguirre | the crafter
Ruben is our talented hand painter. He also constructs, stretches and finishes each one of our canvasses by hand.
ck vintage, circa 2007