The Ghost Images were created by restoring old lithographic stones from the printing department of the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Some of these stones had been used in the late 19th and early 20th centuries before companies stopped using lithographic methods for mass product image printing.
Through the restoration process it was possible to re-print images that were still imprinted in the stones. Judging from the condition of the stone and the type of image concerned, the images used for this work probably date from the 1920s until the 1980s. The old images still present in these stones are referred to as ‘ghost images’ as they sometimes appear unwontedly during the printing process of new images. Considered a technical error, this can take place when the old images have not been properly cleaned or erased.
Image concept by Aimée Zito Lema / Lithography printing and photo by Erik Fliek