General Artwork Information
I personally inspect each limited edition photograph, photobook, and album before signing and sending it to you. When you buy limited edition 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 model, select the final images, and prepare them for the highest quality production.
Buy Limited Edition Photography
Collectors buy limited edition 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.
We all see photographs on a daily basis, online, in magazines, and as decor. Photographs are of interest to serious collectors when they are from limited editions, created through an archival photographic process. 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 description for each limited edition photograph. I do not make my images available as posters or open (unlimited) editions; nor will you see them merchandised as unsigned editions.
Each photograph in the edition is an object of art with an individual number, followed by a slash, then the edition quantity. For example, in an edition of 10 photographs, the first would be 1/10, the second 2/10, and the last is 10/10. This unique number is handwritten in the bottom margin. Each of these individually numbered and signed photographs is 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.
When you buy a limited edition photograph, it is hand signed and numbered by me. You won't see an un-numbered copy hanging on someone else's wall or in a retail store. This is because I don't license my images for open editions, posters, or unsigned editions. When an artist offers a limited edition, I feel it creates a promise not to offer "down market" wall art of the same image.
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 me, the artist. 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.
Can't you make as many multiples as you want? No. Although, other artists produce a tirage (all multiples of a work made) including many artist's proofs, printer's proofs, hors d’commerce proofs, and other series of "proofs" beyond the numbered edition. I feel collectors deserve clear information of how many photographs are in the edition. I don't market proofs and never make more than one photograph to keep for myself.
Why don't you have small, medium, and large options for each image? I am traditional in my approach to limited editions. Each artwork is produced in one size, deliberately chosen to present that composition. I feel a connection to traditions dating back for centuries. Serious and repeat collectors appreciate this meticulous philosophy, the distinction from decoration, and a refreshing break from ubiquitous merchandising.
Are the first photographs from an edition more valuable? Traditionally, no. Although some collectors take pride in being among the first, all photographs in an edition are equal in value. The numbering shown on product pages is for illustrative purposes, actual sequence number is on a first-order basis.
How are these different from standard photographs? These archival photographs are produced to my exacting standards. I require 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, I personally inspect and sign each photograph to attest to the consistent quality.
Are the photographs originals? Yes. Also, see the next topic.
What are the differences between originals, reproductions, and unique art? An original exists in the material/technique in which the artist first created it. Photography, screen printing, etching, and cast sculpture are examples of original artworks created in multiples. A reproduction is a copy of something else, for example, a reproduction of a painting. Unique (one of a kind) artworks are generally most prized, followed by originals in limited edition, then reproductions.
Art collectors say transparent pricing is very important. Artwork prices are uniform on this site and all dealers. I also match the 10-15% volume discounts that dealers offer. I do not hold seasonal sales. You won't find my work for less elsewhere.
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Sizes and prices above are typical; some variations exist. Prices are based on dimensions and quantity available. Prices are subject increase based on demand.
As an independent artist managing all facets of my business, I know prompt processing is important to you and strive to process your order swiftly. Please understand I am only one person. Business travel, art fairs, and other circumstances can affect processing times. Whenever possible, I post foreseeable delays on the site. If there are unforeseen delays, I will keep customers 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 me 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 I take measures to ensure that the website is accurate, sometimes an error can appear on the site. I cannot be responsible for any error that would cause significant loss. In case of such an error, I will either give you a full refund or process the order at my 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, 70 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 13×11 inches/33×28 cm, printed on 140 lbs ProLine pearl photo paper by Mohawk ,which gives the tactile feel of a deluxe photographic portfolio.
To ensure quality, I inspect each book and album. I then sign the book (typically on the title page, under my 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.
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