Launched in the 1950s, the Risograph has been Repurposed

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The Vintage Japanese Copy Machine Enjoying an Artistic Renaissance

BY EVAN NICOLE BROWNAT A NEW YORK STORAGE space some time in 2010, printmaker Pan Terzis was left alone with a friend’s Risograph machine. The friend “told me he got this machine that was like a screen printing machine, but automated,” Terzis says. “I see this weird old copy machine and was like: ‘Where’s the Riso?’ And he said, ‘This is the Riso!’”

Within 24 hours, Terzis had used the machine to print a 50-page book, joining the ranks of 21st-century artists and publishers who are using old technology to make new creations.

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