About My Limited Edition Prints
Open Edition vs. Limited Edition
Many of my photographs are available as Open Edition prints from this site and quite possibly other outlets. There are no limits to the number of Open Edition prints that can be sold. However, a select few are only available as Limited Edition giclée prints. You will see them all in my Limited Edition Gallery. This means that they are printed by me, are individually signed and numbered and come with a Certificate of Authenticity.
If you're interested in the meaning of 'Giclée', in fine art terms, it refers to digital art being reproduced using a large format inkjet printer, using pigment inks onto a fade-resistant archival substrate.
I can post these to you securing rolled in protective acid-free tissue or they can be purchased mounted and framed (or just mounted if you prefer) from Karen Perry Picture Framing, a picture framing and fine art retailer close to my home town (above left: photo of my first set of prints at Karen Perry's premises).
Details About the Limited Edition Prints
Firstly, as the name implies, there is a limit to the number of prints available for each size of the image in question. For example, most are limited to just 25 or perhaps only 12. Each photograph is printed with a border and the bottom border will have hand written information, namely, the number of the print, e.g. 1/12, the title of the photograph and my signature. The reverse of the print will have my unique Seal of Authenticity.
I print using medium-format printers. I use an Epson Stylus Pro 3880 which is a 9 ink printer that allows me to print up on to A2 size paper, although the printer does allow prints up to 37" wide.
I also have an Epson Stylus Photo R3000 that has been converted to a dedicated black and white printer. That printer contains 7 different monochrome shades that allows for excellent tonal transition on black and white images. This printer can print up to A3+ size (13x19").
Another service I offer, using a third-party, is the printing and mounting of a photograph on high quality, brand-name paper from either Fuji, Kodak, or Ilford which is then mounted on aluminium Dibond. The print is then laminated, usually with a matte laminate, to protect it from external elements. I then mount it in a stylish and modern looking aluminium Artbox, usually black, but this is optional and a free hanging system can be provided instead. The resulting product sets off the images extremely well and has the added benefit of being lightweight and easy to hang, even for panoramic or larger prints.
Archival ink and Paper
I use Permajet Image-Life inks on the Epson 3880 which are high-quality certified inks with light fastness certificates available for some ink/paper combinations. I use Piezography inks on the R3000; these are amongst the most fade-resistant inks in the world.
Acid and lignin cause paper to deteriorate over time. I use only acid and lignin-free paper; in other words, it is archival safe. I print mostly on Breathing Color paper imported from America (their matte papers produce stunning results), although some prints are on Epson's Traditional Photo Paper (also know as Exhibition Fibre Paper) which is a long standing soft gloss favourite of mine. I also print some of my images on Canson Infinity papers, e.g. Baryta Photographique. I also occasionally use Permajet paper but none of my currently available Limited Edition prints are on Permajet paper.
All additional materials I may use for mounting, protection, storage, etc. are acid and lignin free, as appropriate. This includes mat borders, backing boards, polypropylene bags and tissue paper.
If you take good care of the prints, e.g. avoid direct sunlight and high humidity, you can expect the integrity of the print to be maintained for 80 to 100+ years.
Certificate of Authenticity
Every single print will come with it's own uniquely numbered and hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity, including a custom-made Seal of Authenticity. The certificate will provide information such as:
• Number of editions
• Artist Proofs
• Year and place the photo was taken
• Year of the giclée print
• Printer model used
• Ink and paper combination
all of which provides exceptional provenance for your print.
Pricing varies depending on the size, mounting, framing and postage starting from around £25.
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