ABOUT EDWARD RIDDELL
Ed has been making photographs for most of his life. He strives to make photographs not just of what he sees, but of how what he sees makes him feel. His prints are widely collected. He has taught dozens of photo workshops over the years and his book with author Terry Tempest Williams, The Range of Memory, is in its second edition.
Ed has always made all his own prints as he believes the printing process is just as important as the "picture taking" process. No two prints are ever quite alike as all prints are made to order and each time he makes a print he strives to improve on the last version.
ABOUT OUR FRAMES AND PRINTS
A BEAUTIFUL NEW APPROACH TO
FRAMING PHOTOGRAPHS -- WITHOUT GLASS!
HERE IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT. SEE HOW WE DO IT.
FIRST THE PRINT IS VARNISHED, MOUNTED AND TRIMMED.
We start by spraying the print with a protective varnish which protects the image from damaging UV light. The varnish allows the prints to be wiped off with a soft, slightly dampened cloth. Even fingerprints can be removed. The print is then flush mounted to 3/4" gator foam which has a laminated black, white or brushed silver edge depending on what looks best with the image (a black edge is shown here).
THEN WE CHOOSE AN ELEGANT BLACK METAL FLOATER FRAME.
The very thin face of this black metal frame is only 1/8" wide and is brushed silver. The mounted print is then placed into the frame. The print is held back 1/8" from the front edge of the frame and "floated" in from the inside edge of the frame by 1/4".
As you can see from the photo to the left the end result is a very elegant presentation.The end result is very lightweight. So it's easy to ship and hang. And there's no glass to create annoying reflections. Nothing gets in between you and this beautiful print on 100% cotton paper with a traditional baryta photographic coating. The prints exhibit rich blacks and elegant color.
For years photographers have fought with having to put glass on their prints which is not only a hassle to ship, but also gets in the way of optimal viewing of the print.
NO DETAIL IS OVERLOOKED IN OUR QUEST FOR THE PERFECT PRINT.
HERE IS THE FINISHED PRODUCT. HERE'S HOW WE DO IT.
THE PERFECT PRINT STARTS WITH "SEEING" A GREAT IMAGE.
THEN YOU HAVE TO CAPTURE IT.
While a 150 megapixel camera helps, seeing the right image to begin with is the most important part. You might change camera position by a matter of inches to get exactly the right arrangement of elements. Then a camera and lens like the one above goes to work capturing every possible of amount of detail, luminosity range and resolution.
THEN WE METICULOUSLY WORK ON EACH IMAGE, ENHANCING EVERY DETAIL.
We use the latest digital processing technology to get every bit of detail and resolution out of the finished image.
Then we move on to printing. We use a 12-color pigment ink printer to make our finished prints. And our quest for the best printing paper is never-ending as new and improved papers are released constantly. Our papers are made in Europe. They are 100% cotton and have a traditional baryta coating to enhance the color range and black densities of the finished prints.