Jan Bell

Jan Bell

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Bell’s work reveals an intimate view of the natural world, reaching into the subtle beauty within a form. Growing up on a farm in the flatlands of the midwest instilled an appreciation for the land. This innate passion has continued into his adult ...
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Jan Bell Fine Art Photographer

Publishers Note: I have known Jan for a number of years now.  His work is standout recognizable as a Jan Bell.  His story and commitment to the art of photography are exceptional.  He has had health challenges that would make many of...

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    Fulltone (offset) book printing technique
    on: March 12, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    Re Friesens: I’ve had recent discussions with them. They operate along essentially two streams. (1) Large scale offset printing for customers needing big print runs (talking a thousand or more copies); if you aren’t one of those, this stream is not for you. (2) Printing/marketing streams. In this stream you buy a package service from them that includes varying amounts of prepress and marketing arrangements. If you don’t want one of these packages, either because you don’t need them or don’t want to pay for them, then this stream is not for you. As neither were for me, I decided to pass on them.

    Yes, I had talked with Friesen’s multiple times over the past year. I even received a quote from them. In my opinion, the do no print the “fine art” quality that I am looking for. When I compare their work to the work to Dual Graphics, it’s like comparing a Porsche to a Ford. Weston, Don Wirth, Ansel, and John Sexton all had books printed at Dual Graphics. Friesen’s quote was 1/3 the price of what I received from Dual Graphics (who has since closed their doors). But, I feel that you get what you pay for. I have a quote from them, and it’s in line with the quote that I received from Dual Graphics ($32,00 for 300 books).

    I am attaching three of the four pdfs that comprise my book project packet (the actual “sample book” was too large, but it can be seen in my interview on Photo PX>. Look them over. Should care to be a part of the project, get in touch. I’m still a few thousand short from meeting my goal … but it’s within site.

    Jan Bell
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    Re: Fulltone (offset) book printing technique
    Reply #1 on: March 1, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Mark,

    Thanks for your help. I see that Meridian Printed Nick Brandt’s “On This Earth a Shadow Falls.” I own that book and will look at the reproduction more carefully. Nothing against Brooks Jensen, but I’ve never been overly impressed with the quality of the printing in LensWork. That said, Brooks has done great things to advance contemporary photographers!!

    Jan Bell
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    Re: Papers & Media
    Reply #2 on: February 27, 2021 at 3:35 pm

    I have been working on a portfolio book for the last couple of years. In talking with John Sexton about his books, and those of Don Worth (which I own), I learned that they were all printed at Dual Graphics. I got a quote from them two years ago, but unfortunately they are no longer in business. This seems to the the trend with US book printers. They refined a process called Fultone printing. It adds depth not seen in ordinary offset printing. The prints look as though they came from a darkroom. Do any of you know of another printer in the US that can print at this level of quality?

     

    PLEASE email me directly, as I don’t log on here very often.

     

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