It all began with making the exposures in January of 2017  

 (to read about the series and the films, check the other entries)

I made my last exposure for the series in Hedley, Texas off Highway 287 on April 2, 2017

Just two months later I was exhibiting prints from the series in Fort Worth, and a month after that in Austin

Following some trips to Los Angeles later that summer, I started working on the layout of the book back home in Texas, which took about five or so weeks 

Once the image flow was there, my friend and fellow photographer Steve Reeves and I began the arduous process of proof printing, for which we used his Epson 9900 pigment inkjet printer 

Getting everything right for book presentation took us about four weeks 

The proof prints are what we used to compare the offset prints to. They are the ‘guide,’ and so to get everything right was important 

When the book page sheets come off the press (Komori offset press), they are placed on a slanted table and visible by daylight-balanced overhead lights  

It is there that we do our side-by-side comparisons; the book pages against our proof prints  

Any corrections happen there, with the pressman making whatever necessary adjustments for better correlation between any given print and its proof

A new run would then be made and we’d compare again 

Until it fit

I’d ‘ok’ the sheet and we’d wait for the pages to be printed and the next section of the book to be prepped for printing (about an hour downtime)  

Printing took about a week-and-a-half, and I was present for every last sheet 

We finished printing February 10

The pages were then transported from the printing plant in Dallas to the bindery in San Antonio where they are currently being prepped for binding

The first edition of the book is made up of 2000 copies: 200 hardcover with slipcase and companion 8 x 10 print (sold out), and 1800 softcover (available next month) 

The meat of the two books is identical, with only the covers being different  

The book is 12 x 10, 180 pages, and 111 photographs, selected from the nearly 300 I made over the course of my twenty-five days roaming Texas  

From the beginning of dreaming up Film Photographic (@filmphotographic) as being some platform or another for film photography/photographers, I knew I’d eventually start publishing under the FP name. Thrilled it’s now happening. Many more books to come, and featuring a variety of photographers 

It was important that this book be made in the U.S., and Texas specifically. With so many photography and art books being outsourced, my plan is to keep all FP book production in the States  

It’s been a busy run, this project, and a year in the making. And a lot learned and digested on the book end of things 

Thank you for your patience (we’d said the hardcover copies would start shipping end of February but we’re delayed a few weeks) 

As soon as the books are delivered to us, I’ll sign and number the hardcover copies and get them shipped out, and make the softcover copies available for purchase 

In the meantime, heading to San Antonio to oversee the binding process  

More updates to come, and thank you for the support ... 

(photo by Daniel Driensky)  







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