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I’ve been in Cologne, Germany for the past 4 days attending the Photokina Trade Fair, the largest of its kind in the world. I’m a guest artist with Canson Infinity, and I’m really honored once again to have my prints on display in their large beautiful booth. The convention takes place over 6 days, and is spread over 8 separate halls (or buildings) so it’s a huge event to say the least. There’s no way I’ll have enough time to see everything, so during short breaks I try and visit some of the vendors I’m familiar with.

I spend most of my time in the Canson booth of course, and so far we’ve had lots of visitors interested in the papers and wanting to learn more. I provide support to the Canson staff for those who have specific questions about printing, paper selection, or photography in general which I’m always happy to talk about. I also have one of my portfolios with me, about 25 13″x19″ prints in a Canson portfolio box (new this year), and use that to explain how papers affect the presentation and perception of a photograph. Plus there’s no better way to demonstrate this by letting people handle prints in their own hands—the quality of the paper speaks for itself.

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One of the things that really caught my eye are some beautiful album books that were printed by ACI Lab using Canson Infinity paper. The books have leather jackets, and lay perfectly flat when open which means images spread across the page look seamless. And using a paper like Canson Baryta or Rag Photographique really brings the look and feel of a fine art print to a book format. I’m working on having one made with my images, and will certainly write a full post on how you can get one made for yourself – they really create an amazing presentation in a book form. Hopefully I can have it done by PhotoPlus in NYC next month.

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New products from Canson this year include a Photo Lustre Premium RC paper, two Canvas’ in Museum and Photo Art grades, and black Archival Photo Storage Boxes in 8.5 x 11(A4) and 13 x 19(A3+) size, great for storing and protecting prints. The boxes include 25 sheets of glassine (light tissue paper) to protect each print from scuffing and damage. These are great for anyone who prints their own work, especially when presenting your prints to others. This is my preferred choice of presenting prints to prospective customers, galleries, or industry contacts.

I’ll have some more to share in the coming days, including more photos and hopefully some news on a new potential partnership. Stay tuned!

RR Jr

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This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. Robert,

    I am looking forward to seeing the portfolio boxes. That is something that seems to be hard to find except through places like Archival Methods, and the sizes are not for presentation, but more for long term storage. The book with Canson paper is a really great idea and would love to see that.

    All the best

    Bill Bogle, Jr.

  2. I am biased since I have been to your studio and seen your amazing images at PDN last year. And I have to say that your images look amazing on Canson paper. I am looking forward in seeing how the album book by ACI Lab.

    Enjoy the trade show!

  3. Well done and well deserved Can’t think of a better way for Canson to present their photographic papers than with you work. Looking forward to seeing you at Expo.

  4. wow looks like a great show for sure , tell us more i hope soon when u get back . Make sure u get some great shots of the Cathederal .Hans

    1. Thanks Hans – unfortunately the rain and got rolled in the last few days in Cologne, so no good opportunities to photograph the Cathedral,, but still an amazing place to see and visit.

      RR

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