General Artwork Information
A. K. Nicholas personally inspects each limited edition photograph, photobook, and album before signing and sending it to you. When you purchase art nude photography, the amount you pay represents not only the cost of producing and delivering the item to you, but also the effort to collaborate with each subject, arrange the scene, select the final images, and prepare them for the highest quality production.
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Collectors purchase art nude photography because they exist in a finite quantity and are created to exacting standards. The history of limited editions began with serigraphy (screen printing) in the tenth century, followed by intaglio (engraving), lithography, and two hundred years ago, photography. A limited edition photograph is distinguished by an artist's signature and photograph number, indicating the rarity and quality of the image.
What is a limited edition
Photographs are of interest to serious collectors when they are from limited editions, created through an archival photographic process.
Each photograph in the edition is an object of art with an individual number, handwritten in the bottom margin. Each of these original photographs is also signed as an original work of art. Once an edition is sold out, no photographs will be added to the edition and no additional editions of that image will be created. More about collecting limited edition photography.
With only 25, 10, or even fewer photographs in most A. K. Nicholas editions, it is extremely unlikely you'll see your artwork hanging in someone else's home. You can find the quantity in the listing description for each limited edition photograph.
When you purchase art nude photography, the artwork is hand signed and numbered by the artist, A. K. Nicholas. You won't see an un-numbered copy hanging on someone else's wall or in a retail store. This is because A. K.'s images are never licensed to third parties for open editions, posters, unsigned editions, or other "down market" merchandise.
A certificate of authenticity is included with each limited edition photograph, containing details about the artwork for the collector's reference. The certificate is hand-signed by the artist A. K. Nicholas. A holographic serial number is affixed to the certificate and a matching holographic serial number is placed on the back of the photograph. The certificate is important in establishing a provenance (history of ownership) and preserve its collectible value. If you sell or transfer the artwork, the certificate of authenticity needs to stay with it. You should give the new owner a bill of sale or another record of the transfer to maintain the provenance. More about certificate of authenticity.
How are these different from standard photographs? These archival photographs are produced to exacting standards: faithful rendering of smooth tones, subtle gradients, and crisp vibrant colors. The paper is robust and the inks are extremely opaque; they will be color stable for 100+ years—compared to 40 years for c-type (chromogenic) photographs. Unlike open editions or posters, mass produced in varying caliber, A. K. personally inspects and signs each photograph to attest to the consistent quality.
Art collectors say transparent pricing is very important. Artwork prices are matched between this site and dealers. This site also matches the 10-15% volume discounts that dealers offer. A. K. does not hold seasonal sales. You won't find the artwork for less elsewhere.
Volume discounts are: 10% off for purchases of $600, 13% off for purchases of $750, and 15% off for purchases of $1,400 or more.
Sizes and prices above are typical; some variations exist. Prices are based on dimensions and quantity available. Prices are subject increase based on demand.
A. K. Nicholas is an independent artist managing all facets of his business. Prompt processing is important to you and we strive to process your order swiftly. Due to the nature of owner-operated business, travel, art fairs, and other circumstances can affect processing times. Whenever possible, foreseeable delays are posted on the site. If there are unforeseen delays, customers will be informed.
Limited edition photographs are generally shipped in 7 business days. Oversized artworks require 10 business days. If there is anything unusual with your order you will promptly receive an email with the details. Ask for shipping details when you place your order.
In-stock books are generally shipped in 1-3 business days. Out-of-stock books can be backordered and are typically processed in 10 business days.
Although we take measures to ensure that the website is accurate, sometimes an error can appear on the site. We cannot be responsible for any error that would cause significant loss. In case of such an error, we will either give you a full refund or process the order at our loss.
Particular impression numbers (e.g. first or second) cannot be assured. The impression number shown is an example. Artworks are sold on a first-come basis. Due to sales through multiple dealers, availability information may be delayed one business day, sometimes longer. If a limited edition photograph is sold out, any over-subscribed orders will be refunded in full.
Photobooks and Albums
Art photobooks are made from a high-quality, acid-free, 100 pound, premium opaque paper stock with premium color process. The result is vibrant colors and rich black and whites with an attractive, semi-gloss finish. Each is finished with a photographic gloss hardback case laminate. Although the quality is very high, book pages are not archival photographs; if you desire something that will last generations, consider an archival photograph.
Portfolio albums are available as oversize 13×11 inches/33×28 cm and demi 8×10 in, 20×25 cm. They are printed on 140 lbs ProLine pearl photo paper by Mohawk. This hefty surface provides the tactile experience of each deluxe photographic portfolio.
To ensure quality, A. K. inspects each book and album. He then signs the book (typically on the title page, under his printed name.) The books are packed with care, using at least two layers of packaging to prevent damage. Safe transit is guaranteed and damaged products will be replaced. Customer support.
Autographs shown on photobook listings are for illustration purposes only, actual signatures will vary.
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