In order to best capture the quality of the original photographs the images are printed as duotones, using Black and Pantone Cool Gray 11 as a second colour. This method adds richness to the images and enables us to achieve deeper blacks in the shadows while adding depth to the mid-tones.
To add even more impact to the images, a spot gloss machine varnish was also used to lift the pictures off the page. Many of the images were rescanned at Holywell in order to improve them and considerable work was done to proof (two sets of scatter wet proofs) and improve the duotone images until Richard and Bardwell Press were happy with what we would achieve.
The final books were printed on a heavy (170gsm) gloss art paper to further lift the images. They are case bound (hardback) and covered in a dark green real cloth (Wicotex Brillianta) with gold foiling to the spine, and dark green head and tailbands and a gloss laminated jacket with generous flaps.
Richard, Susan Dalton (Christopher Dalton’s widow) and The Bardwell Press were delighted with the finished books. They have also proved popular and there are only a very small number of copies left available. They can be bought directly from The Bardwell Press by following this link.
Since producing this book Bardwell Press have placed a number of further projects with Holywell and we are particularly looking forward to potentially working on another high-quality photography book, this one a collection of photographs of Oxford in the 1980s.
If you too are looking for a printer who you can trust to produce the highest quality photography books then do get in touch by email or call 01865 242098, we’ll be happy to advise and provide an estimate.