It’s All Come Down to This…(Is This Place Great or What?)

Last Sunday I began the trek to China for the printing of my forthcoming book with Aperture. It’s been a long journey with my editing and planning on the book beginning back in January of 2010. Early this year Lesley Martin at Aperture and I began forming out the 10 years of work into a cohesive narrative. Since there have been many back and forths, phone calls, skype calls, email, millions of PDFs and details I never even considered. Production of the 90 files and proofs happened in 2 1/2 weeks, while we were still editing/sequencing. Those weeks were many 20 hour days and in addition to the studio I had 3 classes and daddy duty on my hands.

I can say that this may have been the most and hardest work I’ve ever done on anything, ever… That being said I’m truly ecstatic with the results as they’re coming along.

Here are some notes from the early match print production. I set up all the files as RGB, profiled and printed them on Moab Colorado Gloss inkjet paper. From there the files and proofs were sent to nearby Prographics in Rockford, IL for the CMYK conversion and making the proofs from those files.

Going through many, many boxes of paper ...

There are always the finicky files that need rescanned on the drum scanner

Old School

My students laugh at my for still using the old school color filter sets for corrections

Looking for Consistency

From there the files and proofs were sent to nearby Prographics in Rockford, IL for the CMYK conversion and making the proofs from those files.

Notes on the first round of CMYK proofs from Prographics

I was very lucky to work with the excellent Pat Goley who is not only amazing to work with but an experienced translator from the language of RGB to CMYK.Prographics uses an Epson 4880 to make their CMYK proof and they truly looked incredible and extremely sharp. Bringing out detail I had not seen in many of the photographs before. I was happy to see that most files only needed a slight consistent adjustment which was a testament to how I setup my files (not meaning to pat myself on the back but nice to see that even in the 2 weeks of working while sleepwalking, my color is pretty good).

The stress of all this comes from my pictures really being not that easy to print. Many are photographed in mostly horrible lighting and worked from scanning to photoshop to output to get them neutral and dynamic. All in all so far so good.

Next stop China.

3 Comments

  1. Posted June 16, 2011 at 4:41 am | Permalink

    The moment of actually taking a photo is what I love best of all. But second best is creating the print. It’s complicated and tricky and sometimes frustrating. But it’s so gratifying.

    I can’t wait to see your book — congratulations, and keep us all posted on its progress.

  2. Posted June 16, 2011 at 6:05 am | Permalink

    Yes…definitely looking forward to this book…hope it all turns out as you expect.

  3. Posted June 17, 2011 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Great to see this coming together, Brian. Keep us updated!

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