Recently I had the opportunity of meeting the great photographer and master printmaker, Steven Friedman. Steven graciously showed me his studio and some of his spectacular prints. We had a very interesting conversation about photography and printing in particular. Steven shared with me the concept of “shoot to print” which I found absolutely fascinating.
Most of us shoot imagery which ends up on our computers and is mostly shared in digital form. Only later do we decide to print some of our work. In Steven’s case, the entire process of capturing the image, from start to finish, is geared toward printing. In other words, every decision, technical or artistic, that is made during the capture process is aimed at the final print. Even though some post-processing and print preparations are involved, from the start Steven thinks in terms of the print.
This print-centered philosophy is on full display in his massive fine art prints. The details, tonality and craftmanship are truly impressive.
In terms of gear, Steven explained why he chose to work with the Phase One system and what is so unique about the system that helps him to produce such remarkable prints.
Over the course of my career I have met many great photographers but few of them are master printers. In fact, many outsource printing at a certain level, including me.
The great news is that Steven has agreed to write for the Medium Format Magazine and share some of his stories and techniques. Stay tuned for more information.
Do you print yourself? On the capture level, do you ever apply the concept of “shoot for print”? The idea is definitely worth exploring.
Today let me share with you some imagery captured during the recent Visual Poet Experience Workshop in Vancouver. The next workshop is coming up this month, this time Ibarionex Perello and I will be leading it together. You can secure your spot here.
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