Chris was a keen photographic hobbyist from an early age and completed his degree in photography in 1977. He specialised in the more technical aspects such as printing and processing. On leaving college, he joined the British Museum Photographic Service where, in addition to general studio and darkroom duties, he was actively involved in the introduction of the first high-volume E6 (slides to prints) processing line in Europe and an early Cibachrome printing facility. In the early 1980s Chris moved to Aberdeen to take up a Lab Manager post, and after a year he and Calum set up a professional photo lab – PTS – specialising in E6 processing and Cibachrome printing. The pursuit of accuracy and consistency in photographic processing and printing led to numerous qualifications (now mostly obsolete). In the early 1990s PTS invested in Kodak’s Photo CD system (which accurately digitised film originals from 35mm to 5×4 and stored the files on CD). This service was used by organisations such as the Tate Gallery, Saatchi Gallery and many others. High quality output services including dye-sublimation ‘photo’ printing, wide-format display printing and colour laser printing were added during the 1990s. Photo CD and digital print systems required rapid negotiation of several learning curves, most significantly ‘precision colour matching’ or, as it came to be known, Colour Management. Chris became aware of Giclée printing early in it’s development, reluctantly concluding that the labour-intensive workflow, eye-watering price of the equipment and exorbitant service charges made it economically unviable. However, within a few years, following his move to Edinburgh, more affordable equipment and advances in ink and paper-coating technology made the Giclée concept far more attractive, and Giclée UK was founded in 2001.