Charles Cramer—a very modest and very down-to-earth guy, yet supremely skilled and incredibly hardworking—has many connections to Ansel Adams, including the fact that he teaches printing and photography at the Ansel Adams Gallery in Yosemite National Park. Yet I think of him more as a natural heir of Eliot Porter, whose catholic, loving and wise regard of the natural world often eschewed the monumental in favor of monumentalizing more detailed, horizonless views, such as river reflections and patches of forest floor.
I'm very pleased to present Charlie Cramer as TOP's print sale artist for this winter. The two prints we're offering are Aspen in Fog, Boulder Mountain, Utah (2003), and Canyon Reflections, Coyote Gulch, Utah (2006). Both images are incredibly beautiful, state-of-the-art inkjet prints. I've had this one on my wall for a week, and sometimes I just sit here staring at it:
The purpose of our print sales is to bring you a variety of high quality work at much lower prices than you could get it for otherwise—in this case, less than half what these prints ordinarily cost. We do this by taking orders for only a short time, and then setting the photographer madly to work fulfilling whatever orders we receive. It's a win-win situation: the artist earns more in a lump than many photographers make from ongoing print sales in a year, but the low prices enable people to buy original art who maybe otherwise wouldn't.
It's also a significant part of how TOP earns its keep, which for fans of the site might count as another win. (Most of the proceeds go to the artist, however.)
Interestingly, Aspen in Fog was shot on 4x5 film, and Canyon Reflections is from a digital Phase One P45 39-megapixel original. Both of these prints are made on Canson Platine Fibre Rag paper on an Epson 11880 using Epson UltraChrome K3 inks. Canson Platine is 100% cotton, with no optical brighteners. The white is almost perfectly neutral, yet very bright. It gives an excellent Dmax and the surface is lovely, with minimal gloss differential. And it's thick—310 gsm, 16 mils. And has a big color gamut. As Charlie says, "What's not to like?"
The image size of Aspen in Fog is approximately 11 x 14.2 inches on a 13x17-inch sheet, and Canyon Reflections is a little wider at 14.8 inches on the same size sheet. The prints are unmounted and are signed by Charlie on the back.
Each print is only $175, and we'll be accepting orders for five days, until roughly sundown on Friday, at which point the sale links will be removed. The regular price for Charlie's prints of this size is $400.
These are unlimited editions. There's no limit on the number that can be sold, with the caveat that we reserve the right to end the sale early if demand is too high (making and shipping lots of prints is hard work, and a single photographer working alone can get overwhelmed).
[Sale ended 6 p.m. Friday, February 18th]
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Paying by check
You can send a personal check, money order, or cashier's check if you prefer, as long as the check is in U.S. dollars and drawn on a U.S. bank; but you must reserve your prints before the sale ends by sending an email to me (Mike) with:
- Your name
- Ship-to address
- Which print(s) you want and how many
- The amount of the check you will be mailing
I'll reply with a confirmation and the mailing address.We do not need to actually receive the check by Friday, but please don't delay in mailing it.
I really hope you like these beautiful prints. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. And thank you!
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