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11x14" Print

Andrew wrote in the Comments: "Re 'Somewhere out in the barn I have a motion-blurred snapshot of John Gossage in the lovely garden-level dining room of Julie Pratt's mansion holding that print, the first one Robert Frank ever sold.' Dig it out and let's see it!" I tried. I tromped out to the barn and lugged in several boxes of prints, but I didn't find the one I was looking for. Here's another shot from the same NYC trip, though. John Gossage is standing in an art installation on the roof of a ...
Tags: Photography, Photographers, Manhattan, John, Leica, Michael Johnston, Andrew, Ilford, Michael C Johnston, Robert Frank, John Gossage, Current, Printers and Printing, Julie Pratt


Charlie Pratt's Prints

I've told this story before I'm sure, but Lord knows where. Many years ago, the photographer John Gossage helped organize a show of photographs by Charles Pratt at the Corcoran Gallery. Charlie, who had died of a heart attack at his gym four years earlier at the age of 50, had been the scion of a wealthy industrialist family. It turned out that John had other connections with the Pratt family, which included helping Charlie's widow Julie publish several books of Charlie's photography. Julie was ...
Tags: Photography, New York, New York City, Maine, New York Times, John, Upper East Side, Collecting, Pentax, Gene, Michael Johnston, Henry, Mike, Ilford, Michael C Johnston, Pratt


How Do You Add Info?

Malcolm Myers (among others) asked: "How does one add comments to a physical print? Do you perhaps copy a 9x6 print into Photoshop, add some comments below and then print on a 10x8 or A4? I'd be interested to learn how people do this." In the old days with fiber base [sic] paper, it was easy—the verso (back) side of print paper had the same surface as ordinary writing paper and you just wrote on it with a fairly hard pencil, which didn't come off on the next print down and didn't fade or degrade...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, AIC, Ken Tanaka, Printers and Printing, Malcolm Myers, Aardenburg Imaging


Picture Permanence

Back in the saddle this morning—I needed to take yesterday off for personal reasons. I have a few more thoughts about "picture permanence" (PicP)—similar to "print permanence," except that not every picture has to be a print. There seems to me a division in motives for PicP. And that is, do you want to keep your pictures safe and secure for your lifetime, or last beyond it? I can see reasons for either choice. Another consideration is whether we're talking personally or culturally. I tend to thi...
Tags: Photography, New York City, Walker Evans, Pentax, Metropolitan Museum Of Art, Missy Mwac, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Gordon, Hugh, Berenice Abbott, Eugène Atget, Gordon Lewis, Printers and Printing, Gordon You


Index Prints

[...This follows on the previous post. —Ed.]   Here's a simple way to make sense of a sprawling, less-than-perfectly organized ongoing archive of photographs of the sort most of us have—and eventually help preserve your pictures at the same time. First, buy three boxes. You might need more than one set, but this will get the point across. You really don't need anything fancier than this archival drop-front metal-edge box. But if you want to spend more, naturally you can. Then, whenever you get ...
Tags: Photography, DOE, Michael Johnston, Don, Michael C Johnston, John Doe, Uncle Joe, Printers and Printing, Index Prints


Print to Save

Don't press like. Don't press save. Press print. Print to save. Someone named Missy Mwac is being discussed recently (although, as a recovering alcoholic and a confessed WFPB fanatic, I can't see how someone who eats bacon and loves vodka could be your guide to anything, much less the murky waters. That's murky living if you ask me). But I digress, as I do. Suffice it to say that I love her recent article "The Lesson from Costco's Photo Lab," discovered via reader robert e via PetaPixel. A quote...
Tags: Photography, Costco, Missy Mwac, Michael Johnston, Don, Michael C Johnston, Missy, Printers and Printing, John D Collett


The Beauty of Physical Prints

...Or, why I chose the Ctein prints I chose for the current print sale. Printmaking—a word that encompasses making photographic prints, and the prints themselves—has always been an exceedingly important part of my enjoyment of photography. I'm both a part of the audience and a maker. I like objects. I like pictures of all sorts. But I especially enjoy well-made photographic prints. Having done it professionally for a spell in the '80s and '90s, I'm aware of some of the problems and pitfalls. Wit...
Tags: Photography, Print Offers, Ctein, Michael Johnston, Don, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Yellowknife, Blackburn Lancashire, Printers and Printing, David Dyer Bennet, Northwest Territories Primarily


Dark Prints and Viewing Light

JOHN GILLOOLY* wrote yesterday: "Mike, I think I posed a question to you years ago about Karsh after looking at a collection of his portraits of the Marshall Supreme Court that is housed at Boston University Law School. I found the prints to be very dark in the same way I think you are describing of Garo? Compared with the tones we see today, the images seem very dark overall, with even the highlights not coming anywhere near white. They are only highlights relative to the general darkness off t...
Tags: Photography, Chicago, John, Ansel Adams, Epson, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Mariposa, Edward Weston, Garo, Film and Darkroom, Boston University Law School, Karsh, Printers and Printing, Charles Phillips


Recommended Portfolio Boxes

A few suggestions for print storage boxes: My personal favorites are Century Archival boxes. These are simple, sturdy, plain boxes but much more elegant than single-wall board boxes such as metal-edge boxes. "Slimline" (shallow depth) Century Archival box I prefer the ones that aren't too deep because once they're full of prints you can store them vertically on bookshelves. Of course that works better for the smaller print sizes. I particularly like the elegant 11x14x1 size, which fit on the ...
Tags: Amazon, Photography, China, Editing And Portfolios, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Virginia USA, Spink, Gabor, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Oxford UK, Printers and Printing, Solander, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, Daniel Solander


The Pile of Prints Problem

I still haven't finished with the comments to the previous two posts. It's keeping ahead of me. But here's another subject. Reader Brian Stewart, who inspired my confession in the "Printing Problem" post the other day, responded to that post, in part: "The obstacle I had thought you might have hit, and one I still struggle with, is what to do with all those prints? Brooks Jensen of Lenswork has written and spoken about the 'pile of prints' problem, given that there's only so much wall space, and...
Tags: Photography, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Brooks Jensen, Lenswork, Amazon Canada, Brian Stewart, Printers and Printing, Amazon UKAmazon Germany


The Economics of DIY Printing

Guest post by Mark McCormick-Goodhart Upon hearing his first Wagnerian opera, Mark Twain reportedly said, "I doubt it's really as bad as it sounds." Everyone seems to abhor the prices all printer manufacturers charge for OEM Inks, and some wonder about third-party ink as possible salvation. However, the economics of do-it-yourself (DIY) printing are largely influenced by four factors, and the cost of OEM ink isn't one of them. The factors are: 1. The initial cost of the printer. The higher the i...
Tags: Photography, Mark Twain, Canon, Icc, Epson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Amazon US, Amazon Canada, Printers and Printing, Mark McCormick Goodhart, Amazon UKAmazon Germany, MarkAardenburg Imaging


Wednesday Open Mike: My Printing Problem

It's not easy to admit to having problems that are essentially psychological. Whatever we might believe about the situation ourselves, there's a stigma attached. So I reacted badly at first when Brian Stewart asked:  "Whatever happened to your adventures in inkjet printing that started close to two years ago, Mike? A well-crafted print is a beautiful thing." To quote my late friend and mentor David Vestal, I'm in the disclosure business, so after I stewed (sorry!) about it for a while I opted to...
Tags: Photography, Unilever, Harry, Mcdonalds, Jack, Canon, Dollar Shave Club, Gillette, Open Mike, Michael Johnston, Mike, David Vestal, Michael C Johnston, Yogi Berra, Amazon US, Mike Open Mike


The DIGITAL Glow

Jack W. asked: "Can 'the glow' be obtained with digital cameras and digital papers?" [If you just happened across this post, we've just been talking about B&W printmaking, and, just previous to that, the aesthetics of B&W tonality as seen in old-timey Hollywood movies.] My answer: naturally, yes. As I said, I think it's actually easier now. As I said in 2002 in the previous post, 'the glow' is just a look. There are slight differences, of course. "Long scale" platinum/palladium prints are diffic...
Tags: Photography, Hollywood, Earth, Black, Epson, Sally Mann, Michael Johnston, Peter Turnley, Michael C Johnston, Lewis Hine, Amazon US, Russell Lee, DMAX, Rosenblum, Amazon Canada, Lee Friedlander


A Platinum Print from an iPhone?

Written by Carl Weese Photo: Michael MacWeeney. Instagram account @havana1933.Co-Founder and Creative Director at the Reggae Math Foundation. Recently I taught a weekend “Digital Platinum” workshop at Penumbra Foundation in Manhattan. The basic point of the workshop is to teach participants how to make platinum/palladium prints from digital negatives prepared specifically for printing in the process. SetupThe first two hours are taken up with a lecture to explain what we have to do to trick a...
Tags: Google, Photography, Manhattan, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Carl, Lizzy, Snapseed, Carl Weese, Film and Darkroom, Printers and Printing, Michael MacWeeney Instagram, Penumbra Foundation, Michael MacWeeney, Lightroom Mobile App


Richard Benson 1943-2017

Lee Friedlander, Richard Benson, Newport, Rhode Island Very sorry to learn this morning of the death of the fine printmaker and the expert on the reproduction of pictures Richard Benson, who died either on June 22nd (Wikipedia) or 23rd (Artforum). A fine printmaker for many years, master of many processes and involved in many fine books and exhibitions, Richard Benson was a polymath of the subject, recipient of a MacArthur "genius" grant and the subject of a profile (in the Dec. 17 1990 issue...
Tags: Photography, Obituaries, Museum of Modern Art, Times, East Coast, Walker Evans, New England, Richard Benson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Artforum, Newport Rhode Island, Yale School of Art, Mike Thanks, Printers and Printing, Lee Friedlander Richard Benson


Guest Post: Traditional Reflection Prints Will Persist

The Samsung Frame TV Mike wrote about yesterday and the day before is a commercial iteration of a concept many of us have envisioned for quite some time. I believe the concept will prevail and flourish, but the end game will be when flat panel displays reach panel bezel width, thickness, and energy consumption, features that will allow them to be placed seamlessly by your local picture framer into almost any traditional frame and displayed anywhere in a home, not just on a wall with a dedicated ...
Tags: Photography, Digital, Michael Johnston, Irving Penn, Printers and Printing, Samsung Frame TV Mike, Mark Mark McCormick Goodhart, Aardenburg Imaging and Archives, Mark McCormick Goodhart, TOP Yale


Magenta Plant (Red Chair IV)

Longtime readers will remember that The Red Chair has morphed into an impromptu series: here's numbers one, two, and three. Here's the latest—we're up to four: Those little pink flags you might notice in the background are the markers for the underground "Hidden Pet Fence," which was installed last week and which I am dying to write about, except that it has nothing to do with photography and I already test the patience of visitors with too many off-topic posts... ...Which this one is not. As y...
Tags: Photography, Epson, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Richard Parkin, Printers and Printing, Canon Pixma Pro, Steve Wantz, Rhododendron Mike


My Printer Prints Too Small. What Can I Do?

It's not the printer. Software on your computer controls print size, so you need to investigate the settings on your computer or in the application that you use to print. The post My Printer Prints Too Small. What Can I Do? appeared first on Ask Leo! - Making Technology Work For Everyone. ID:d21d65ebb929112ba127ac2282625339
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Print Size (the Turkey Should Just Be Itself)

In the video in the previous post, as Elton John walks around his apartment where his collection is displayed, notice the typical sizes of the prints. Granted, that's partly due to conventions in the periods he mainly collects from. And he does say at one point that he likes tiny prints, but note that at that point he's talking about a contact print of a photograph he already owned a larger print of—the contact probably from some sort of folding camera, 6cm by a little longer. This isn't the pla...
Tags: Photography, Turkey, Elton John, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Mitch Hedberg, Printers and Printing


Printer Conundrum? Not So Much

Certain things are hard to buy. For instance, I brew my coffee in a Clever Dripper, essentially a paper filter holder with a valve in it that allows the coffee to steep before it drains. It works fine for one or two people. When I have guests, it would be nice to have a regular ol' coffeemaker to brew a pot for everyone and keep it warm. But I don't have one—I've had paralysis-by-analysis over which one to choose. I've identified the leading contenders, but nothing seems just right. I keep holdi...
Tags: Photography, Rochester, Canon, Chris, Epson, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Geoff Wittig, Printers and Printing


Have Faith in Practice (Epson P600)

Further report on the Epson P600: causes sleeplessness. I've been getting to bed later than I should because in my situation it's easier to print after dark (I work on a porch, and the reflections on the computer get pretty bad in the daylight hours), and I get so charged up about making prints that I keep at it after I really should stop and go to bed. Something to watch out for. This is the most recent one I'm trying to get right, and it's resisting me. It's easy to get it close but tough to ...
Tags: Photography, Epson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


The Best Printing Papers

Usually I'm pretty quick at Internet research, but I'm finding it difficult to come up with a list of recommendable premium inkjet printing papers. Reviewers seem to be reticent about making outright recommendations, I guess because technical reviews are difficult to do and you'd hate to recommend something that was later revealed to have problems. Plus, paper is like coffee in that it's not entirely a stable, repeatable industrial product—it can differ from year to year and batch to batch. Cons...
Tags: Photography, Moab, Canon, Epson, Harman, Michael Johnston, Aurora, Ilford, Michael C Johnston, Geoff Wittig, San Gabriel, Canson, Innova, George Eastman House, Kenneth Tanaka, Museo


What to Do with Prints?

As far as what to do with the prints you make—several readers asked yesterday—the classic solution is boxes. (I like to put other peoples' work on my walls.) Print boxes run all the way from custom-made solander cases made by hand bookbinders, sometimes of exotic materials, in some cases specially designed for a particular portfolio, to the classic museum case, which is a hard archival case with a drop back and metal clasps, to a "metal edge box," which is a drop-front box made of smooth-surface...
Tags: Photography, Editing And Portfolios, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


I Think I'm Falling In Love...

...With a certain Epson. She is proudly black, admittedly blocky in shape, decidedly petite, expensive, and doesn't say much. But oh, my, the things she can do. So do you remember this post? I was reviewing the Nikon D800E, a.k.a. the Big Dragoon, since replaced in the lineup by the current D810. I had ventured abroad into the night (the inky dark, I called it), where I shot that top picture of Sunset Drive just after dark. Here it is again if you have no patience for following links:   Mike Jo...
Tags: Photography, Nikon, Epson, Elizabeth, Michael Johnston, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Peter Boyle, Mike Johnston, Sunset Drive, Printers and Printing


Epson P800 Rebate Ends in Five Hours

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Tags: Photography, Epson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


Printmaking, If You're Picky

Here's the disadvantage of sending your prints out for printing. Imagine you work on your image file, get it just right on the monitor, and send it off to wherever to be printed. A day or three later the print comes in the mail, and you look at it and think, hey, looks great. Then you look at it some more, and you think, you know, if would look better if it were just a little less yellow. Or: I should have opened up that shadow just a tad. Or: I didn't realize the color noise was going to be qui...
Tags: Photography, Mcdonalds, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


'Horrific' Ink Prices?

Wayne asked: "Thanks for taking the time to relate your experience with the Epson printer. I am always interested in such things as I have yet to take the dive into high quality inkjet printing. The obstruction is the horrific, or at least seemingly horrific, prices associated with ink. There are two areas of printer evaluation that seem always to be difficult to determine: 1.) on average, how many 8x10 color prints can one expect to glean from a new set of ink tanks? and 2.) are the various ref...
Tags: Photography, National Geographic, Michael Johnston, Mike, Wayne, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


P600 vs. P800: The Epson Value Equation

It's early days yet, but my experience with the Epson P600 printer is going well. I'm trying to make at least one print every night; so far I haven't been able to stick to anything near that few. I've been making mostly small, 7-inch-wide workprints to conserve ink (even though Epson provided the ink! Still)— Wee print, because I'm cheap Remember the french friesHowever, before we go much further here I need to say a word about the value equation. The P600 costs $750 at the moment, vs. $1,195 ...
Tags: Photography, Mcdonalds, Epson, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


New Equipment Arrivals

I finally got this beautiful thing (it's an Epson P600) unboxed after an embarrassingly long delay, and what would you know, the very first print I made turned out pretty well. On Day Two (yesterday, that would be) I made my first good print. Been doing a lot of reading and a little printing (printer ink triggers my cheap gene and I get stingy with it. I need to work on getting over that). I plan to make at least one print a day for a while, and I'll let you know how that goes. Arriving on Wedn...
Tags: Photography, Nikon, Sigma, Epson, Photo Equipment, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Printers and Printing


Pt/Pd Tech Part II: A Little Help From Your Friends

By Carl Weese [Our sale of two of Carl's Platinum/Palladium prints ends tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern Time. —M. the Ed.] Some people claim platinum printing involves black magic. I won’t go that far, but it’s certainly as much art as science. That’s partly because it’s just plain complicated. The ideal of testing one variable at a time is nice, but it just doesn’t happen in the platinum darkroom. You’re always juggling multiple factors. This past March, Hahnemühle sent me some sample packs of its no...
Tags: Photography, New York, Connecticut, Print Offers, Platine, Michael Johnston, Andrea, Mike, Michael C Johnston, Carl, Tina, HPR, Carl Weese, Fabriano, Printers and Printing