"Print-On-Demand Has Completely Changed The Way We Think About Books"
Technological, Historical & Educational:
Eileen Gittins, founder and CEO of Blurb, discusses the implications of print-on-demand publishing.
"Blurb is a creative publishing platform that enables anyone in the world to make a proper book,"
As a keen photographer, Gittins says her
"number one criteria"
when she set up Blurb was image quality.
"Could we, as a business, faithfully reproduce the intention of the artist, whether you’re a photographer, a designer, an architect? I mean, that work needs to look beautiful, right?"
In Europe, Blurb's books and magazines are printed by RPI Paro in a factory in Eindhoven. Jan van Baar, vice president of sales and marketing for RPI Paro, explains that print-on-demand publishing is made possible by advances in digital printing technology.
"We are in the middle of a digital revolution,"
"Print-on-demand is a part of this. It is taking over the market from the older ways of printing because people won’t need large numbers in one time. They want to have it tailor-made, one by one."
"A book is no longer as precious a thing as we used to think of it,"
"If you’re an architect and you’ve done a new project and you’ve got a book on file, just add the new project to it, maybe edit something old out, and you’ve got your latest and greatest work. It’s always available, you can always get it printed on demand."
"I think it has completely changed how we think about books. They used to be permanent. You might make it once an maybe you’d make a second edition. Now you can make an edition a week if you wanted to."
• 15 April 2014 • View comments
Photorealism In The Digital Age
Visual, Graphical & Educational:
I enjoy the photorealism art form. I highly recommend Photorealism in the Digital Age by Louis K. Meisel.
This luxurious volume - the fourth in a series by Louis K. Meisel - is a comprehensive documentation of 21st-century Photorealism, one of the most popular art movements since the late 1960s. Photorealists work painstakingly from photographs to create startlingly realistic paintings, and where they once used film for gathering information, they now rely on digital technology, which has vastly expanded the amount of detail that can be captured. In these visual marvels they bring insights to vernacular subjects - cars, cityscapes, portraits - and make the commonplace uncommon. Illustrating the book with more than 850 works created since 2000, Meisel covers every major Photorealist still active (including Ralph Goings, Richard Estes, Tom Blackwell, Richard McLean, and John Salt) as well as remarkable newcomers. For the first time he also includes Verist sculptors such as John De Andrea and Duane Hanson.
My personal favourite painting is Ralph’s Diner (1981-1982), Oil on canvas. Example of photorealist Ralph Goings' work. Ralph Goings is an American painter closely associated with the Photorealism movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s.
The image is from a reproduction of actual painting and is much smaller in scale than the actual print and painting. It is believed that the image is not suitable for reproduction purposes. Also parts of the whole painting have been excluded in this image.
• 3 April 2014 • View comments
100 Years Of Leica Photography
Visual, Technological & Historical:
The year 1914 saw the birth of 35 mm Leica photography as we know it today. Oskar Barnack made the Leitz Camera, the very first Leica, 100 years ago. And now, in 2014, Leica Camera AG is celebrating the centenary year of this occasion with numerous events, exhibitions and exciting new products.
Taking photographs changes the way we experience the world, but reviewing them can change the way we remember the experience.
• 26 March 2014 • View comments
Sue’s Tweet: Pay Attention
Personal, Visual & Lyrical:
Visual, Lyrical & Inspirational:
Photography is a communication tool. Like words. A language to interpret.
Detail from The Confusion of Tongues by Gustave Dore, 1865.
Graphic Design by BABUISM DESIGN
• 21 March 2014 • 2 notes • View comments
Personal, Visual & Historical:
"I have travelled across the length and breadth of India and I have not seen one person who is a beggar, who is a thief. Such wealth I have seen in the country, such high moral values, people of such caliber, that I do not think we would conquer this country, unless we break the very backbone of this nation, which is her spiritual and cultural heritage, and therefore, I propose that we replace her old and ancient education system, her culture, for if the Indians think that all that is foreign and English is good and greater than their own, they will lose their self esteem, their native culture and they will become what we want them, a truly dominated nation." - Thomas Babington Macaulay
Speech to the Britsh Parliament, 1835.
• 12 March 2014 • View comments
Flickr’s Coloured Camera Avatars
Visual, Educational & Inspirational:
The making of Flickr's coloured camera avatars by Charis Tsevis.
The making of:
Here you can find the work in progress that was done to create the new Flickr avatars.
My first idea was to include a human element in the avatars. The hand of the photographer or even some fingers could make the icons more personal. Everyone was very happy with the result but it was too complicated especially in the small sizes of 48 x 48 pixels.
The first version was created using a very limited palette. The two Flickr colors (Red and Blue) plus the Yahoo! purple. Shades of these three colors have been added in order to give a more realistic look to the set of avatars. We have abbandoned this direction quickly as it was creating a less bold and more romantic look. We kept the three colors for the background and added a much wider palette.
We experimented with different color backgrounds. We tried black, a darker purple and a lighter blue or red.
We then tried a light grey to put the emphasis on the camera forms.
We all agreed that the Yahoo! purple was probably the best color for the background. The Flickr Red and Blue could then find their place inside the camera forms, most of the times in the center of the icon, for example the lens.
Software - Hardware:
Made with Synthetik Studio Artist, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple technology and good music.
• 4 March 2014 • 1 note • View comments
Visual, Historical & Inspirational:
Developer Trays is master photography printer John Cyr’s tribute to the craft and art he has spent his career perfecting. As sure as the age of silver has come to an end, there remain few but extraordinary and dedicated darkroom practitioners such as Cyr who continue to work with chemistry and processes more or less unchanged since the early days of the medium.
With an unrivaled passion for the darkroom and all its accouterments Cyr set out to document the actual developer trays of many of the world’s most renowned photographers. Cyr celebrates in stunning large-format color photographs the intimate materiality of the developer tray itself and the ephemeral presence of the artist within it. This revelatory work showcases the ubiquitous developer tray as an essential vehicle of analog photography that defies modern digital photographic advances: its material nature and functionality will not become obsolete.
Trays from many of the giants of photography, including: Ansel Adams, Eddie Adams, Tom Baril, Lillian Bassman, Edna Bullock, Wynn Bullock, Bill Burke, Ellen Carey, Mark Cohen, Lois Conner, Linda Connor, John Coplans, Valdir Cruz, John Cyr, Bruce Davidson, John Draper, Elliott Erwitt, Dan Estabrook, Andreas Feininger, Larry Fink, Abe Frajndlich, Leonard Freed, Adam Fuss, The George Eastman House, Ralph Gibson, John Goodman, Emmet Gowin, David Graham, Ed Grazda, Stanley Greenberg, Ted Hendrickson, Lizzie Himmel, Paul Himmel, Henry Horenstein, Sid Kaplan, Chuck Kelton, Michael Kenna, John George Kingsley, Builder Levy, O. Winston Link, Vera Lutter, Alen MacWeeney, Sally Mann, Edward Mapplethorpe, Chris McCaw, Amanda Means, Jim Megargee, Barbara Mensch, Richard Misrach, Andrea Modica, Abelardo Morell, The National Press Photographers Association, Arnold Newman, Olivia Parker, Philip Perkis, The Photo Studio of the American Museum of Natural History, The Photo Studio of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Sylvia Plachy, Eugene Richards, Stuart Rome, Ken Rosenthal, Alison Rossiter, Gary Schneider, Mark Seliger, Neil Selkirk, John Sexton, Mark Sink, Aaron Siskind, Joni Sternbach, Helen M. Stummer, George Tice, Eileen Travell, Jerry Uelsmann, Catherine Wagner, Harvey Wang, Hiroshi Watanabe, Kim Weston, Minor White, and Joel-Peter Witkin.
Top row: Ansel Adams, Sylvia Plachy, The Photographic History Collection at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Sid Kaplan.
Bottom row: Larry Fink, John Coplans, Lillian Bassman, Bruce Davidson.
• 22 February 2014 • View comments