21st Editions, London Art Fair 2014

February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment

The Art of Platinum Printing

A few weeks back I took time away from printing to visit the London Art fair, one of the main reasons being to visit the 21st Editions stand. I have been following the progress of this unique publisher ever since I saw them at Photo London in 2004 and have started to acquire a number of their publications when funds permit as there currently is no publisher in the world that is creating books with original prints to such a high standard, incorporating a number of alternative photographic printing processes most notably platinum. I always look forward hearing about new offerings and viewing them in person when possible.

One particular book that I wanted to cast my eyes on was 21st editions second original print publication on Imogen Cunningham. It had just been completed and was available to view at the stand. Following on from the successes of their first…

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Sheila Metzner FASHION

February 3, 2014 § Leave a comment

Sheila Matzner

Sheila Metzner’s Fashion, our first title of 2014, sets the stage for a new and unique presentation for the collectors of 21st Editions. Sheila’s fifty-year career is equally important in both art and fashion, and her most well-known images are included in this collection of five, presented in a unique and very limited edition. The Fresson prints will be mounted in five free-standing presentations, each covered in a different silk from designers such as Vera Wang, Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren, Oscar de la Renta, Carolina Herrera, Pucci, Valentino, and Roberto Cavalli. This Metzner collection is designed for display on a surface or stand, rather than a wall.

The Fresson print process used here was invented by Théodore-Henri Fresson around 1899 and continued to this day, first by his sons Pierre and Edmond, and now his grandson Jean-Francois. The addition of color into the original charcoal-based process was introduced in 1950. This process is proprietary and therefore extremely rare with each print being considered unique.

Each of these Fresson prints is hand-made by Theodore-Henri Fresson’s grandson, Jean-Francois, and made with T.H. Fresson’s original 1895 enlarger using pure color pigments and saw dust. The Fresson print has been the exclusive choice of Sheila Metzner throughout her career. The print surface itself is somewhat akin to the silks used in constructing these sets.

Fresson prints: 12 x 9 inches (signed and dated)
Print folders closed: 17 x 12 x 3/8 inches
Presentation box: approximately 18 x 13 x 3 inches
Accompanying book of Sheila’s sketches and letters: 11 x 8 1/2 inches
Edition: 19 numbered copies, 1 artist copy and 1 publishers copy
Handcrafted in New England

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