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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Quote o' the Day

"Actually making prints, as opposed to endlessly stewing about making prints, is good for the soul...."
------------------------------------------------------------Oren Grad

11 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Printmaking just doesn't interest me. I guess that's because I never owned a film camera and because I publish to the web. I am sure that printmaking, like scrimshaw, is a fine and rewarding occupation, but it isn't for me. My question is this: Am I an anomaly?

2:45 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

I have no idea where you are in the grand scheme of things, but, to me, photography IS printmaking.

--Mike

2:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll leave the grand scheme of things to cosmologists. To me photos look best on a 21" digital monitor. Not that I dislike viewing prints, Francis Trevelyan Miller's 10 volume Photographic History of the Civil War comes to mind for some reason, but I'd still rather view it on a screen.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Photo-essayist said...

If you've gone no further than publishing to the web, then there's not much basis for your question. It's kind of like what Louis Armstrong said about jazz: if you gotta ask, you'll never know.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, yes, yes, all fine and good, but it doesn't answer my question. I don't really care who's more virtuous, or artful, or the meaning of printmaking, or the mystical nature of Jazz, or anything like that, just whether I was part of a trend or not. Simple curiosity. Am I the only one in the world with half an inch of dust on his printers?

3:25 PM  
Blogger Mike Johnston said...

No disrespect intended, but how are you going to find out here? If five people say they don't make prints either, that's not proof of anything. On the other hand, if everybody here says you're nuts not to make prints, that doesn't mean anything either, given what kind of blog this is and the kind of people it's likely to attract.

Simple probability would predict that you're far from the only digital photographer who seldom or never makes prints, but for better information than that you'd need a pretty significant survey.

Why don't you propose the question to the PMA? They keep more statistics on photography than any other organization I know of. Maybe they could find out for you, if you really want to know.

--Mike

4:08 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No disrespect taken. I just thought it might be interesting to poll the stewers.

4:22 PM  
Blogger hugo solo said...

I have thousand or more photos in paper,but today a'int interested in printmaking too much work because I have too much photos,be content to see on the screen,on the web.Today photography is like a chewing gum,in the sense of flexibility.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't make many prints either these days (too expensive to churn out everything on paper anyway), but I agree 100% with the quote. Whenever I feel like a break, or just feel low, you know nothing cheers me up more than knocking out a few really good prints. There's just something so special about having the finished object in your hand, it's sooooo much more satisfying than on screen. Only trouble is after a while you start lusting after a bigger printer, A3 would be a start, but like Megapixels you always lust after more irrespective of whether you really need it :-)

John.

1:00 PM  
Anonymous Ernest Theisen said...

Printmaking is the only reason I make photographs except for the occasional shot of the grandkids. I always wanted to be a printmaker but I cant draw or etch so I use photography to capture an image that I can make into a print. The Bromoil and oil transfer processes really fit me well. I love the ability to use the press and all the great inks and papers to choose from. I must have 20 cans of ink in all the colors. I mostly use two, black and brown. I have too many cameras too but I love them all. Ernie

6:31 PM  
Blogger John Sarsgard said...

One of the reasons I make prints is that they are essential to MY process as an image maker. I'm not finished until I make a print. The image starts with deciding what to photograph, and isn't finished until I print it the way I decide to. I learn more about what's good and what's not as I try to print it. Images I don't print aren't finished, and haven't taught me as much as they might.

5:52 AM  

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