Newsletter — March 2016



Otherworld #01 — Gelatin silver print, 2015


If you’re in New York City for AIPAD in April, stop by the Verve Gallery booth as they’ll be showing a selection of prints from my new, and ongoing, series Otherworld. With the NASA Kepler Mission in mind, these small (7″ x 7″) gelatin silver prints imagine what other Earth-like planets might look like.

“The Kepler Mission, NASA Discovery mission #10, is specifically designed to survey a portion of our region of the Milky Way galaxy to discover dozens of Earth-size planets in or near the habitable zone and determine how many of the billions of stars in our galaxy have such planets.” — NASA

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Dust Storm, Near Tucson, Arizona — Polymergravure print, 2015

Dust Storm, Near Tucson, Arizona — Polymergravure print, 2015


I am pleased to have had a print accepted into the 2016 Landscape show at The Center for Fine Art Photography in Fort Collins, CO by juror Natasha Egan, the Executive Director at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Both these organisations do a fantastic job at promoting photographers and photography.

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For many of us it’s all about the print, or a tangible version of the image, being the final destination rather than just being seen online. Irving Penn was purported to have once said, “The print’s the thing,” and the INPrint call for entries by Rfotofolio recognises this. The deadline is March 22nd and the juror is Catherine Couturier. Full details are here with the entry fee going towards a worthwhile cause.

The INPrint call for entry puts the focus on the final product of the artist vision, the photographic print or object, not the jpeg on the screen. Rfotofolio wants to encourage and promote the art of making the photographic print.


This call for entries will be judged not only on the image, but by the craft, skill, and quality of presentation.


All media are welcome, including but not limited to traditional film, digital, collage, three-dimensional, encaustic, small books, and alternative processes. When you participate in our call for entry you are helping in growing the Rfotofolio Grant.

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I really enjoyed doing the last special print offer but it’s been a while, so it’s high time for another.

Prints will be shipped via USPS, insured etc. and well packaged. I want you to be as happy with the print as I am, so if for any reason you aren’t satisfied, return the print for a full refund (less shipping).

Title: Leaving Albuquerque.
Medium: Inkjet.
Image Size: 6″ x 6″.
Paper Size: 10″ x 8″.
Paper: Ilford Gloss Baryta.
Stamped and signed on reverse.
Price: $85 plus $8 shipping. (Plus sales tax for MN residents.)

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“I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” — Saul Bass



Conservator’s Corner(s)

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Here’s a behind the scenes video with Jae Gutierrez, Senior Photograph Conservator at the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with Jae back in September, when I visited the CCP Print Room with friends as part of Depth of Field. She was incredibly helpful and answered in depth all the questions I had about silver prints, platinum prints, gravures, my workflow and the presentation of my work, and reassured me that I was following the best practices. I got the two thumbs up from the conservator!

But there’s one little trick she showed me that I immediately started to use. Apologies if this is known by most, but remember, I spend my life in the dark(room).

When I attach my images to the Museum board backing I use my own mounting corners that I make out of Tyvek paper, which is strong and archival, and I attach them with Filmoplast P90 Plus tape. This is the result of running out of the correct size self-adhesive Mylar corners late on a Friday night too many times. Also, it’s much easier and the prints feel more secure. But when using the Mylar corners you have to flex the print to remove or replace it; not good when you’re handling an Edward Weston print, for example. By attaching the corners a specific way, as Jae showed me, you can avoid all that. Simple!


Simple folded Tyvek paper corner.


Corner taped with flaps underneath.


Print inserted into corner.


Top corner with flaps showing.


Flaps allow print to be removed without bending.