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Al Curman is Graphic Arts Person of the Year

Friday, 08 March 2002
By Print 21 Online Article

He was introduced by Sid Thompson as a person whose, resilience, determination, skill and contribution to our industry makes him a more than worthy Graphic Arts Person of the Year 2002.

Al Curman (pictured) worked in the Australian industry shortly from after he landed at the Bonegilla migrant camp in Victoria. After hitchhiking to Sydney, Al, looked up Offset Printers and Lithographers in the (then) pink pages, and met Jack Benyon at John Sands & Co. Jack was interested enough in Al’s folder of four colour prints to find an interpreter, interview Al and employ him as a colour retoucher.

At the time, John Sands was printing with 12 or more colours, Al could achieve the same result with just four colours. After 18 months with John Sands, Al moved on to Varden Price in Adelaide and two years later to P. G Grosser (Leigh Mardon) as foreman of the Litho Department.

Back in Sydney, 1969, Al became a partner in a new business venture, Associated Lithographers. In 1979, he started his own company, Curman Lithographics and moved into digital lithography via pagination systems and scanners. He worked in the company until he retired in 1989.

Al was a pioneer in four-colour lithography in Australia, playing a seminal role in the transformation of lithographic reproduction from being labour intensive to one that uses advances in technology as they are developed.

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