World's Largest Scanner?

Need to scan a really big original piece of artwork? Is your local shop’s large format scanner not up to the task? Graham Nash, best known for his work with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, allegedly owns the biggest scanner in the world. It pays to pay attention to that in-flight entertainment …

I was in the air and halfway home on Monday evening when I noticed that the Airbus 320’s LCD screens were featuring a piece on digital artwork. Alas, I had not opted for the free headphones. Nevertheless, I watched intently.

Nash has been a pioneer in the field of high-end digital artwork reproduction from the very beginning, starting with his use of the groundbreaking Scitex Iris printers. His shop, Nash Editions, now uses Epson Stylus Pro printers.

Unfortunately, the news crew was not allowed to film Nash’s oversized scanner for the report. The shop’s website describes the mysterious unit as ‘a custom built flat bed scanner that allows a high resolution scan of original art up to 38″ x 46″.’

I’d be willing to wager that there may be large format scanners with similar or perhaps larger image areas, but with lower resolutions.


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  • Bill Martin

    Is there a film scanner that will scan 30×40″ color film transparancies?

  • Sigurd

    KartoScan® FB VLS offers a 4900 mm x 1820 mm scanning surface and a1200 dpi true optical resolution. This scanner has been around since 1999.


  • Helge

    Look at for larger ones

    • Chris Pirillo