Saturday, 31 December 2011

Paris Photo 2011 (Highlights)

 Previously held at the Carousel de Louvre, this years setting for Paris Photo 2011 was the Grand Palais. The building as the name suggests is impressively large and quite awe inspiring once you start walking around. The day I attended there was bright sunshine, with the roof being made of glass the majority of prints were viewed in natural daylight, which is quite different from previous shows which have been in closed roof buildings.

  The show attracted more galleries than ever this year, and in terms of attendance feedback from people I spoke to said that a greater number of people attended this time round.  

Below highlights some of the prints that were on show that caught my eye.  Hamilton’s Gallery usually has the best looking stand, this year was no different. They had a selection of Irving Penn’s multi-layered platinum prints on display that were stunning examples of this particular alternative printing process.

Irving Penn, A Cry,Multi-layered Platinum/Palladium Print, 1982, 12x16 inchs

Irving PennBalenciaga Mantle Coat (Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn),
Multi-layered Platinum/Palladium Print, 1950, 23x20 inchs

Selection of Irving Penn Platinum/Palladium Prints from the 'Small Trade' series 

 Helmet Newton 

Pace/MacGill had some interesting prints on show by Penn, Paolo Roversi and Harry Callahan

 Cigarette 37, Irving Penn, 1972, Four Platinum/Palladium prints, (60x45inchs)

Kirsten as Juliet, 1988, Paolo Roversi, Polariod,  9.5x7.5inchs

Eleanor, Chicago, 1947, Harry Callahan, Silver Gelatin, 5x4 inchs

Every year Paris photo has a theme, this year it was images of African Origin, Bernheimer Fine Art photography showed a selection of platinum prints by Nick Brandt and Irving Penn based on this theme.

Girl With Nose Disc, Irving Penn,1969, Multi-layer platinum/palladium print, 20x16 inchs

Nick Brandt, Elephant Drinking, Platinum/Palladium print, 90x70cm

Chettah and Cubs, Nick Brandt,2003, Plaitnum/Palladium 90x70

The Michael Hoppen gallery had some new prints by Boris Savelev, these are multi-layered pigment (inkjet) prints on gesso covered aluminium. Regular viewers will know that i wrote an article on this process you can download a copy here

Boris Savelev, Jelty Bus,Multi-layered pigment print on gesso covered aluminium. 164x110cm

I came across some stunning platinum/palladium prints by Herb Ritts at the Edwynn Houk Gallery.

  Herb Ritts, Tatjana Veiled Head, 1988 Platinum/Palladium print,20x16 inchs


Herb Ritts,Now and Zen 1, Platinum/Palladium,20x24inchs

One of the many galleries that had not attened Paris Photo before was the Gagosian, they had some impressive prints that caught my eye by Hiroshi Sugimoto and very large Richard Avedon silver prints 

Hiroshi Sugimoto Lightening Fieilds 226-228, 2009, Silver Gelatin, 20x16 inchs

 Hiroshi Sugimoto Stylized Sculpture 110,  2007 Gelatin silver print,58x47 inchs

 Richard Avedon, self portrait, 1980, Silver Gelatin, 50x40 1/4 inches

 Hacklbury Fine Art gallery had some interesting prints by the Starn Twins, the print below using all maner of materials to create the final result

 Doug and Mike Starn, Dig Yourself (2005-2008) Unique color carbon print on Zerkall paper with 16K gold and palladium leaf water filding and 24K illumination. 36x60 inchs

 Doug & Mike Starn Structure of Thought 15 (2001-05) Inkjet print and mixed media

Always when I visit the Howard Greenburg stand i ask to have a look at some of Kenro Izu's platinum/palladium prints as they are simply exquisite, this print was influenced by Paul Stand's series of images he took of South West America in the early 20th Century. The print is quite breathtaking to view in person.

Kenro Izu, South West, US 8, 1993 Platinum-Palladium print, 14 x 20

 Overall I really enjoyed the fair this year, there was so much excellent photography on show, I really needed two days to view it all properly. I hope they use the Grand Palais again next year as it’s a great location.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Blog updates

I have nearly got around to finishing my review of Photo Paris 2011 and will post it as soon as it is complete. The show was better than ever this year and I took a lot of pictures this time around.

 I have also updated the gallery section of the DC Editions website with recent commissions we have been involved in, it is by no means an exhaustive list as with some commissions it is not possible to publicise at this stage.

Last September we completed some platinum/palladium prints as well as gum over platinum prints for a talented up and coming photographer called Ellen Rogers. It was really nice to work with her. She also wrote an article on the experience which includes and interview with myself, you can view it here

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Chris Dickie obituary

Although its been a few months since it was posted I recently came across a well written obituary written by the guardian, you can view it here

Friday, 28 October 2011

The Photographs Gallery @ the V&A

Gustave Le Gray (1820-84), 'The Brig', 1856. Museum no. 67:995

 I have spent many hours in the V&A print room looking at various prints created using alternative photographic processes. I think its so important to view orginal prints in the flesh without any glass in front of them.  Favorites of the V&A collection include Irving Penn's platinum prints and the sets of photogravure prints of Edward Steichen's early work and Paul Strand prints. I was pleased to hear the annoncement that the new Photographs gallery will be open to the public from 24 October. The gallery will have an inaugural  display of works by key figures of photographic history including Victorian portraits by Julia Margaret Cameron and significant works by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Afred Stieglitz, Diane Arbus and Irving Penn.

From the V&A website :

'The Photographs Gallery will draw upon the  V&A’s internationally renowned collection of photographs, and will chronicle the history of photography from 1839 up to the 1960s. In 1858, the V&A became the first museum to exhibit photographs, and the new Photographs Gallery is able to showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in its collection. Temporary displays, primarily showcasing contemporary photography, will be shown in the V&A’s existing photographs gallery.'

Sunday, 23 October 2011

Rankin/Damien Hirst Private View

Attended the Rankin/Damian Hirst private view of the exhibition entitled Myths, Monsters, and Legends last Thursday. A collection of Lambda C-type prints and  platinum/palladium prints were shown as seen below:

Friend Paul Smith took some video of the event which you can view below, most impressive print had to be Rankin's interpretation of the Hirst Diamond Skull which you can see at 2mins 01sec. The lighting was really quite special the prints on the wall almost glowed.

 Show goes on till 11th November and is held at the Annroy Gallery, 110-114 Grafton Road, London

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Photogravure @ Renaissance Press

Following on a Sally Mann theme, here is a video created by Paul Taylor at Renaissance Press on making a photogravure of one of Mann’s images on Kozo paper. Regular readers of this blog will know that I have created photogravures of the polymer variety in the past and have been pleased with the results.

 Paul shows some interesting dodging and burning techniques that I have not seen before. The Studio has created beautiful photogravures for some excellent photographers including Kenro Izu, Robert Adams and Tom Baril .Ag also featured an article on the them in issue number 43 (Spring 2006)

Also there is an interesting short video below on Robert Adams and his work with the Press

A happy looking Tom Baril with one of his Photogravures
he created at Renaissance Press (From Ag 43)

For more information on the studio and workshops they run visit there website

 For further information on Photogravure visit this beautifully presented website

Thursday, 4 August 2011

Sally Mann - Platinum Prints

Some regular viewers of this blog will know that my journey into the world of  platinum printing was first sparked some eight years ago by a platinum print I viewed in an original print photo-book, published by 21st Editions. Two years ago I wrote an article on this unique publisher based outside Boston (MA) You can download a copy here

 The book contained 10 bound platinum prints and one free standing print each photographed by Sally Mann in the late 1970's.  The printer who created the platinum prints for 21st Editions was Stan Klimek, who many including myself, regard as one of the finest platinum printers in the world today. This is by far one of the most beautiful collections of platinum prints I have ever viewed and obviously the book is profoundly significant to me. To finally own a copy of this book is a real privilege. The platinum prints are simply beathtaking and really illustrate the strengths of this particular alternative printing process.

Below shows a few photos of the book



  Full Book information:  

Sally Mann's photographs are ostensibly studies of form and texture, illustrated with draped cloth, both hanging and pressed against human figures. But her eye is so incredibly insightful as to elicit self-reflection. In the New York Times, Andy Grundberg observed that her images “suggest that the camera is as adept at depicting the desires of the subconscious as it is in rendering the shapes of everyday life”. Her photographic work is presented here in concert with her original poetry, and they combine to serve a larger concept where the method of production, the shimmering platinum print, is a key element.

From the Publisher: “Sally Mann brings together many of the most graceful and sensuous early figure and drapery studies created by this internationally acclaimed artist. This Platinum Series volume is a true livre d’artiste. The introduction as well as the accompanying poems were written by the artist herself. Each signed and numbered copy of Sally Mann is hand-bound, printed in letterpress on handmade cotton rag paper, and delivered in a unique case created to complement the exquisite binding.”

This gorgeous handmade volume features paper-covered boards, stamped with the title in silver. There is no dust jacket, as issued. It fits into raw silk covered clamshell box, to which a title card matching to book is affixed. It is edited by John Wood and features letterpress printing by Michael Russem and hand-binding by Sarah Creighton. The hand-coated platinum prints are produced by Stan Klimek. Each of the bound 10 platinum prints areSIGNED on the border. The free-standing PRINT measures 9 7/8 x 7 3/8 inches on paper measuring 13 7/8 x 11 7/8 inches. It is also signed in pencil and is accompanied by a poem. The last page of the book, too, is signed by Sally Mann. It measures 14 x 12 inches.

Monday, 18 July 2011

Latest Cyanotype prints

Finally got around to getting some pictures of my framed Cyanotypes, you can view them at the Stephanie Hoppen gallery who represent my work in London. They measure 101x85cm and are the largest alternative prints have done to date.

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Wendy Bevan ‘The Pain of Desire’

  Wendy Bevan’s first U.K solo exhibition is currently showing at the COB Gallery in London until July 30th, entitled ‘The Pain of Desire’, the exhibition explores the theatricality of female desire, and the inner pain suffered through the pursuit of prescribed and aspirational notions of identity and success. At once beautiful yet haunting, nostalgic yet timeless, Bevan’s surreal staged moments are captured on Polaroid. Each hand-printed, her intimate, otherworldly studies of mysterious female characters are displayed in found, antique frames sourced by Wendy. We worked closely with Wendy to create the  platinum prints on show and are very happy with the results, below shows a sample of some of them.

Wendy is regularly commissioned as a fashion photographer for leading publications around the world including Marie Clare, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, and a selection of her colour editorial work as c-type prints is also exhibited alongside ‘The Pain of Desire’. She is known for her surreal aesthetic, and a tender, sympathetic portrayal of the feminine form. In the exhibition she asks questions around notions of perfection promoted by contemporary society and media, and the negative impact they can have on women, feeding a desire for an ideal that doesn’t exist.

For further details on Wendy Bevan visit and on the COB Gallery, visit :

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Sad News

I just today found out the sad news that Chris Dickie the editor of Ag recently passed away. I had been an active reader and subscriber of the journal over the last five years and I had the pleasure of working with him on a number of articles for the journal in the last two years. Ag was one of the finest journals on photography, always forward looking never standing still, it was a one of a kind.

He had previously been the editor of the British Journal of photography and had written many excellent books on photography and publishing. He will be sorely missed by many people within the photographic world.

Monday, 25 April 2011

The Multi-Layer Print : Past, Present & Future

 Last year I wrote an article for the Journal of International Photographic Art and Practice on Original Print Publishing, a subject that I have a great deal of interest in. You can download a pdf version of it  here

Published this month is an article for the same journal I wrote that looks at the Past, Present and Future of Multi-Layer Printing. A pdf of the full article can be downloaded  here

An open dialogue regarding this article can be found here

For further information on AG please visit

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

London Original Print Fair 2011

Just a quick heads up on the London Orignal Print fair taking place at the Royal Academy of Arts 19-21 April 2011.The fair is the longest-running specialist print fair in the world and always has some great work on show. There is also a lecture by printmaker Gavin Turk that is worth attending.


For further infomation visit

Saturday, 12 February 2011

Recent Platinum Print Commissions

Since my last blog update, DC Editions have been involved in some very interesting platinum print commissions for a number of  iconic photographers. I will be reporting on these at a later stage.

We have recently completed a series of platinum prints for Quentin Ball, a London based photographer specialising in Landscape, Architecture & Fine Art Photography. They have translated really well into Platinum having previously been printed in silver gelatine. He is holding a large retrospective exhibition at the Strand Gallery, 32 John Adam Street, London from 15-26 February 2011 where the prints will be on show.

Below shows some scans of the prints from the series entitled 'Great Sand Dunes' photographed in  Colorado, both are 11x14 inches on Bergger COT 320 paper.  For futher information visit