Making Exhibition-Quality Prints: Tips from a Printer

© TIM HETHERINGTON, COURTESY YOSSI MILO GALLERY, NEW YORK  "Untitled, Liberia 2005" by Tim Hetherington. Shamus Clisset printed images by Hetherington for a recent exhibition at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York.

Making Exhibition-Quality Prints: Tips from a Printer

Printing your images is difficult, and getting them to look good as large-format, gallery-ready prints is even harder. Explaining to a printer how you want the prints to look takes a specialized vocabulary. There’s also the technical challenge of preparing digital files. We recently asked Shamus Clisset of Laumont Photographics, the printing and finishing lab in New York City, for his advice on how photographers can work with their printers to get the exhibition-quality prints they want. Clisset has been a printer for eight years, six of them with Laumont, and he has made digital C-prints for exhibitions by Pieter Hugo, Alessandra Sanguinetti and others. He has collaborated with photographer Joel Sternfeld for several years. He recently made the prints for an exhibition of work by the late Tim Hetherington which was shown at the Yossi Milo Gallery in New York earlier this year. A former painter, he learned Adobe Photoshop in the mid-Nineties when he began making digital art.

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