Are fine art prints ‘original prints’ or ‘reproductions’?

In a previous blog I talked about the distinction between a so-called ‘Limited Edition’ and an ‘Open Edition’ prints. There is a similar argument about the difference between ‘Original Prints’ and ‘Reproductions’.

To many outsiders the use of words here is very puzzling. Surely they say ‘all prints are reproductions’. Not so say printmakers.

Some say that ‘original prints’ are works of art deliberately made using print-making techniques like etching or engraving, whereas copies of paintings are ‘reproductions’.

CR printing on an Epson 9600