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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About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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