This last Saturday, I was lucky to attend a seminar at the Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol. British Photography in the 1980s featured five accomplished photographers who were growing and establishing themselves in the British photographic industry of the 1980s, Anna Fox, Jem Southam, Karen Knorr, Paul Graham, and Chris Killip.
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.
* Canon EOS 6D *
* Contax Zeiss Planar 1.4/50 T* *
* Photoshop CS6 *