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.
Care of Your Photograph
Caring for artwork is important to ensure that you can continue to cherish it for a lifetime. Please protect your purchase by having it matted and framed soon after it arrives. Sizes are rounded to the nearest unit (inch or cm) please wait for the artwork to arrive before purchasing framing.
Unframed photographs will be rolled and carefully packaged in a double-walled tube. All limited editions are shipped insured and guaranteed to arrive undamaged. More packing and shipping info.
Keep your artwork in a climate-controlled space, such as a home or office. Avoid placing the artwork where it is routinely exposed to direct sunlight. More about care and framing.
All my photographs are produced locally, never licensed to a third party. In a traditional pairing of artist and printmaker, these are museum-quality photographs, made with high-density pigmented inks on smooth, premium art paper. Beautiful and long-lasting, this heavyweight, 300 gsm (grams per square meter) 100% cotton fiber paper is traditionally favored for exceptional contrast and crisp images. The paper meets archival standards set forth by Fine Art Trade Guild. Using a twelve-color process, over 1,400 nozzles deliver microscopic drops of ink. Unlike dye-based ink that soaks in, opaque pigmented ink bonds to the surface. Vibrant colors are rendered with brilliant fidelity, while delicate textures are portrayed in all their subtlety. Properly displayed, the photographs will last without noticeable fading or change in color for generations (100+ years.)
The art paper is much thicker than high-end photo paper purchased at stores. Aside from just feeling awesome when you pick it up, thicker paper means the photograph lays flatter, is completely opaque and provides a stronger barrier to any contaminants. This art paper is in the same category as non-textured watercolor and etching paper.
All this adds up to a photograph that is more beautiful and longer lasting. I am always researching materials and so far have not found any better paper than this. Order a color and paper sample.
Sizes and prices above are typical; some variations exist. Prices are based on dimensions and quantity available. Prices may increase as an edition sells.
Pre-Ordering and Pricing
Price transparency: Art collectors say transparent pricing is very important. I price my artwork uniformly whether you buy it direct or through a dealer. I offer modest volume-related discounts that are a close as possible to the dealer policies. I do not have seasonal sales or deep discounts. On an annual basis, I have raised prices based on demand. You won't find my work for less elsewhere.
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Kickstarter Pre-ordering is available an occasional basis. The pre-order pricing reflects the economic value of parting with your money prior to availability of the artwork. To be alerted to the next project launch, get Bella Nuda magazine.
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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