Author's print in 10 questions

 

1 / Why buy an author's print?

The prints I offer on my website are photographs that you won't find on the internet, they are not on Instagram or Facebook. I consider that my work is meant to be published in the press, in books or printed as paper prints.

On the other hand, at a time when we are all looking at more and more screens, and photos on smaller and smaller screens, the experience of a paper print is for me the true destination of photography.

nb in the series : 01/30

 

2 / Why are my prints limited in number?

French law, and more precisely the General Tax Code (Art.98A paragraph 7), authorizes a photographer to sell up to 30 copies of prints made under his control. Beyond 30 copies, they are no longer author's prints but reproductions sold commercially.

 

3 / How is the selling price set?
The selling price includes the cost of the print, the framing and the author's rights. As the number of prints is limited to 30 (all formats), the price increases by 10% for every 3 photos sold. I keep a register with the date of sale and the name of the buyer of each print.

 

4 / Why do I shoot in black and white?

The first reason is probably that this is how I like photography and how I see the world. Black and white photography does not subtract anything, on the contrary, it reveals and highlights. Perhaps it is also due to the fact that I am colour-blind, even though I have practised colour photography for several years, notably in press agencies and for magazines that commissioned me to do reports.

 

5 / How are my prints made?

Until 2016, I made my own prints in my darkroom using an enlarger and developed in baths. Since I switched to black and white digital photography, I have entrusted the production of my prints to a Parisian laboratory with which I have worked for several years and which has notably produced the prints for some of my exhibitions. The prints are then made under my control and once I am satisfied with the result I sign and number the print on the spot at the laboratory. You can collect your print directly from the laboratory in Paris or have it delivered to your home.

 

Prints on premium matte baryta paper
 

 

6 / What type of paper are my prints made on?

I make my prints on the best photo paper available. I have chosen a baryta paper (a thick paper of about 300gr/m2) which has a long life and a wonderful black rendering. I recommend a matte finish (I like blacks with a smoky appearance). However, as the prints are made on demand, we discuss this when you place your order and I will then show you the differences in rendering between a matte or glossy support.

 

7 / Why do I offer my prints framed?

I consider that my work as an author goes as far as offering you a framed print, so that it is presented and preserved in the best possible way. I offer a colour of the passe-partout that contrasts or matches the photograph in question, but you have the choice to choose a colour and frame that suits your interior and taste. My prints are presented in custom-made frames made of natural wood.

 

8 / Why don't I offer extra large formats?

Certainly, out of habit. In my darkroom, my installation allowed me to make prints up to 40x50cm (15x19in). I have therefore been used to considering this as a classic format for 30 years. On the other hand, I give priority to the quality of the paper and the way the print is made. You don't need a poster to get a nice result. A well-made 13x18cm (5x7in) print will be much more beautiful and readable than an industrially printed poster. Upon request, you can get the print in the size you want.

 

A custom print with a handmade solid oak wood frame (60x90 cm / 23x35 in) with an acid free museum style cardboard mat
 

 

9 / What kind of photographs do I offer as author's prints?

My job is that of a reporter. For a long time I worked as a photojournalist for news agencies in conflict zones or humanitarian disasters. These photographs are intended for publication in the press. I don't propose photographs that can directly show violence or put a person in a prejudicial situation in author's prints. This is why the photographs I offer as author's prints are subject to a different editing process than the one I use for my press commissions.

 

10 / And finally a question which is often asked to me: What equipment do I use to take my photos?
At the age of 15, I took one of my first photographs with a Leica that belonged to Ralph Gibson. I was immediately fascinated by the clear and undistorted viewfinder of the Leica M, which I never left. For my black & white work, I have been working with Leica 24x36 rangefinder cameras since 1993. Until 2016 with analog Leica cameras loaded with Kodak Tri-X film and since then with Leica M9 and now Leica M Monochrom cameras.

 

 

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contact@matthieualexandre.net