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.

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