I'm pleased to announce our current print offer, beginning now: a choice of two pictures each by the remarkable husband-and-wife artistic partnership of Michael A. Smith and Paula Chamlee.
Not for nothing are gelatin-silver contact prints considered a high point of photographic technique. Made by sandwiching the negative and paper under optical glass, there is no resolution loss from enlarging; a contact print is as close to a direct report of the lens image as traditional photography allows. The prints are exquisite—extraordinarily delicate and almost supernaturally detailed. It's a kind of photographic beauty than many photographers over many decades have found intoxicating, even addicting.
As always with our sales, we take orders for five days only. At the end of that time, orders are closed, and the photographers begin making the prints.
In this sale we are offering a choice of two 8x20-inch prints by Michael:
And two 8x10-inch prints by Paula:
For this print offer only, Michael's 8x20s (normally $3,500) are available for $350 each, one-tenth of the usual price; and Paula's 8x10s (normally $2,000 and $2,500), are $250 each. These prices are exclusively for TOP readers and only for the five days of this sale.
Michael and Paula will each make and sign their own prints.
[Purchase link removed; sale ended Fri., Feb. 1, 6 p.m. ET]
MATTING AND FRAMING: Unlike all our other sales, these prints will be delivered dry-mounted and overmatted with white 2-ply Artcare Alpharag matboard, ready for framing. Final sizes of the 2-ply matted prints are 13x15" for the 8x10 pictures and 13x25" for the 8x20 images.
You also have an option of upgrading to 4-ply matboard ($25) or ordering your print with 4-ply matboard and framed ($100). Final sizes of the 4-ply matted prints are larger: 16x18" for the 8x10 pictures and 16x28" for the 8x20 images.
MULTIPLE-PRINT DISCOUNTS: There are further discounts if you order more than one: $25 off if you buy two, $50 off if you buy three, or $100 off if you buy all four. PLEASE NOTE however that these further discounts will not show up in the shopping cart, but will be subtracted manually from your order if they apply.
SHIPPING: Shipping is $35 via UPS to U.S. addresses, for any number of prints. Although this might seem high, the matted prints are larger than most we have sold previously, and each order will be delivered sandwiched in plywood to prevent damage.
For an order including a framed print, shipping is an extra $10 per frame.
For international (non-U.S.) orders, actual shipping costs plus handling will be charged. Because of the variety of options and destinations, exact shipping costs can't be determined until each order is packed and ready to go.
DELIVERY: Please allow up to 8 weeks from the end of the sale for delivery (March 29th). International orders might need to allow extra in-transit time. Early orders will begin shipping by the end of this week.
LIMITATIONS: Sale ends Friday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m. Pennsylvania time. There is no limit to availability; however, we reserve the right to end the sale early if demand is too heavy. As discussed yesterday, it's a lot of work to create and ship large numbers of prints and it's possible Lodima (Michael and Paula's company) might be overwhelmed if there are too many orders.
We hope you love these prints. I've already decided which one I'm getting! I didn't think much of "Tucson Mountains" until I saw the real print. Across a sprawling mountainside, you see hundreds and hundreds of cactii, among rocks and scrub brush—each detail limned in precise miniature. The modulations are slight as your eye roves across the picture—the effect is subtle, but almost hypnotic. It draws you in. I've been thinking about that picture since I saw it; to me it seems like minimalist music, like a composition by Phillip Glass. It seems like one of those pictures with no power to grab my attention at a quick glance, but that I could continue to look at for years.
It's also a rather extreme example of the disparity between an original print and a small online representation rendered in pixels. You might think it looks like nothing special here in this post...just a bar of gray. If it looks like nothing to you here, you're forgiven. For a better view, listen to the music....
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