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This is the magnum opus on digital printing and the book to read before color calibrating your monitor or wondering about differences in pigmented and dye-based inks. With little in the way of “how-to,” the book focuses more on why and showcases eloquent photographs, including a heartbreakingly beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, a naked World War II bomber tail gunner, and the inevitable “Emperor’s New Clothes” work. Equally heartbreaking for far different reasons is Henry Wilhelm’s essay “A History of Permanence” that includes a section called “The Totally Lost Kodacolor Era” that will leave you stunned by the corporate callousness that’s described. This book not only deserves to be on the bookshelf of anybody who cares about photography, it deserves to be read.  -- Joe Farace, Shutterbug

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This is the magnum opus on digital printing and the book to read before color calibrating your monitor or wondering about differences in pigmented and dye-based inks. With little in the way of “how-to,” the book focuses more on why and showcases eloquent photographs, including a heartbreakingly beautiful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, a naked World War II bomber tail gunner, and the inevitable “Emperor’s New Clothes” work. Equally heartbreaking for far different reasons is Henry Wilhelm’s essay “A History of Permanence” that includes a section called “The Totally Lost Kodacolor Era” that will leave you stunned by the corporate callousness that’s described. This book not only deserves to be on the bookshelf of anybody who cares about photography, it deserves to be read.  -- Joe Farace, Shutterbug --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 248 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders (December 22, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321316304
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321316301
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.6 x 10.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The digital printing community is really in its infancy when compared to the chemical darkroom.
Photojunkie
I highly recommend it for those just getting into digital photography or those that need a few more pointers such as myself.
mrblues
After spending a couple of hours with this book I felt compelled to devote even more effort to my own printing.
K. Tanaka

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Duff HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 14, 2007
Format: Paperback
Most of the time when you view photography, you think about the image and composition, not the process of how the image is put on paper. In Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing by Nash Editions, you'll think more about the printing process than usual. And there's some really stunning photography, to boot!

Contents:

Introduction - Graham Nash

The History of Nash Editions - R. Mac Holbert

The Four Stages of Photography - Richard Benson

A History of Permanence in Traditional and Digital Color Photography: The Role of Nash Editions - Henry Wilhelm

Selected Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Index

This book consists of four essays centered around the process of image creation on paper. Nash Editions focuses on the creation of high-end digital image printing, and as such has learned a lot about the process and history of how photos are transferred to paper. From the chemical-heavy techniques of the early days of photography to the digital printing processes of today, you'll gain insights into issues such as color fidelity and permanence. I now know why all those pictures of the sixties faded out so badly... The more visually stunning part of the book consists of the large number of images throughout the book. From black-and-white landscapes to portraits to abstract compilations, each page turn gives the reader another treat to ponder and enjoy. Very beautiful compositions... If this were a hardbound book, it'd be a classic "coffee-table" book. As a paperback, it doesn't have quite the same outward impact as other books similar to this. But it definitely holds its own in terms of content.

This is a book that any serious photographer would enjoy owning...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Best on June 13, 2007
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Nash Editions deserves all credit for kick starting the fine-art/inkjet revolution but I'm not sure this book adds much to what is already well known. For sure there's lot of great images herein, but the presentation is a bit sloppy. We hear the same story over again from multiple participants and (in my copy at least) the more interesting narration from Holbert ends mid sentence. If you're interested in the history of the inkjet, this is a book you'll have to have but the lack of care/thought in its presentation does seem a little like exploitation.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles I. Maas on May 5, 2007
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Just a few years ago the terms "art" and "inkjet print" weren't tolerated in communal context. Now, as with many media evolutions, sensibilities have to a large degree changed. One of the forces instrumental in altering the art community's entrenched mindset against the inkjet process has been a small digital fine-art inkjet photography studio by the name of Nash Editions. Through the collaborative pioneering of a handful of deep-pocketed, influential, and very determined artistic entrepreneurs, Nash Editions helped develop, refine, and establish broad acceptance for the digital fine-art inkjet printing. This is their story.

At first blush this lavishly printed (and expensive) book promises a consuming elegance that sweeps you away. It has star power too, with one of the leading personalities none other than Graham Nash of Crosby, Still & Nash fame. It also includes rich and very personal histories of the birth and labored growth of the digital printing service company, of permanence in various photographic media, and of photography itself as a medium of expression. The book also includes images by a broad selection of visual artists spread throughout in an eclectic smorgasbord.

But there are a few elements that detract somewhat from the book's rich objectives. With several authors contributing, certain parts of the story get repeated - several times in fact - and the tone at times begins to sound slightly obsequious and self-lauding, to the point that one is led to the impression that Nash Editions (the company) was pretty much the sole entity that dragged digital printing from practically nothing in the early 1990s to it's high level of sophistication and acceptance today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. B. Kramer on December 20, 2007
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I found this book to be quite a good read, but it should looked at as a historical work first. However the amount of text in this book is a lot less than you might expect, probably less than 50% of the book is written material. The remainder consists of wonderful prints from many artists.

I did enjoy it, but it should be purchased understanding the odd format, a few essays, all well written. With many prints, not all are photographs. The Wilhelm essay on history of print longevity is especially good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lash LaRue on October 10, 2007
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The history of digital photography has twists and turns, and the Nash Editions book gives us a record of some of the key events. Worth reading, and the images are splendid.
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This volume is a must read for anyone with a serious interest in printing fine art from digital files. I purchased this book as a used edition and it will never leave my library. It's a very easy read with multiple short essays by the main movers and shakers that revolutionized digital printing. I have an entirely new-found appreciation for digital printing after reading this book. The digital printing community is really in its infancy when compared to the chemical darkroom. The ability digitize images is nothing new, but the ability to faithfully reproduce those images with archival quality is still undergoing a genesis. The volume describes the early days of digital printing and how this all came about because the original negatives from Graham Nash's personal collection were lost! The story is really captivating as White recounts the recruiting of the original personnel and the decision to take a hack saw to a very, very expensive printer! The treatise is also filled with some outstanding examples of prints produced by Nash editions. This is not a text on technique or style. It is, in my opinion, a serious important treatment of modern art history.
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