The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

In preparation for Copper Impressions – The 18th Century Printmaking Revolution, an exhibition and printmaking demonstration at Christ Church Library in Oxford, carpenters worked alongside Professor Michael Phillips, internationally recognized William Blake scholar, to assemble the pieces of a copper-plate printing press that Phillips used in his workshops.

This press, a working replica of the one used by 19th-century poet, painter, and printmaker, William Blake, was built locally by Buckinghamshire maker/designer, Josh Howard-Saunders, and it arrived at The Library just following its recent stay in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

The Assembly of a William Blake Press

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* Ilford Delta 400 *
* Ilford Delta FP4 Plus *
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* Epson V500 scanner *
* Photoshop CS6 *

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From Scriptoria to the Printing House, Closing Session

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

This was the final workshop put on by Martin Andrews and Alan May, both of the University of Reading, in Christ Church’s Library, 9 February. At the behest of the BBC, Alan built a full-sized, working replica of a one-pull hand printing press, like that used by Johannes Gutenberg, for the recent documentary, “The Machines that Made Us”, hosted by Stephen Fry.

Participants in this workshop learned about Alan’s research and building process, then learned about the practical use of this particular press, and were finally, each, allowed not only to print their own copy of a page of the Gutenberg Bible, but also to try their hand at casting a metal type. The press is now bound for Glasgow, but there are rumors of its return, and I must say, it does look very much at home in The Library.

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*  Contax Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 T*  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

Closing Session, From Scriptoria to the Printing House

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William Reddaway and Strider | The Lunchtime Portraits

William Reddaway and Strider | The Lunchtime Portraits

Between May and November of this year (2013), William Reddaway and his horse, Strider, traveled 2674 miles around the United Kingdom and, so far, have raised £46,000 for three charities in Gloucestershire. During their ride, they visited 30 cathedrals, and, indeed, it was in front of Christ Church Cathedral that I met Strider who was good enough to gather his rider for a photo. See their website and blog to learn more about the charities and their travels.

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*  Ilford FP4 Plus  *
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*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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Custodian | The Lunchtime Portraits

Custodian | The Lunchtime Portraits

Christ Church, Oxford

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*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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Rudy | The Lunchtime Portraits

Rudy | The Lunchtime Portraits

My friend Rudy, finishing his lunch break as I set off for a short walk with my camera.

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*  Ilford FP4 Plus  *
*  Developed in Kodak Tmax  *
*  Epson V500 scanner  *
*  Photoshop CS6  *

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