The Fine Art Print

Terms of Value 
and the 
Photographic Art Piece 

Bon a' tier
Every print edition has what is called a Bon a' tier, (the best of the edition). There is only one and  is the final and most perfect of the artists proofs. It is used as a model of perfection for the rest of the edition.

Copyrighted: all rights reserved - expresses the right of the photographer to control ownership of the image.  Use of the image without permission is not allowed.  

Full Edge Bleed (F.E.B.) Print
- an image using 100% of the print surface - no borders.

Full frame print - an image composed in the camera, and printed without cropping thereby using 100% of the negative or image capture area; adds value because of the deliberate compositional efforts of the photographer.

Gelatin Silver Print - describes the photographic art media. Light sensitive silver suspended in a gelatin colloid on a substrate. Commonly known as a black and white or monochrome photograph.  

Inchiostro ©August 2009 Sam Tumminello - Sam Tumminello's  art media, based on an emerging process, utilizing a captured digitized  image manipulated by the artist  on an "electronic  plate".  The completed plate is then used to impart the image, using a mechanical printing device to precisely apply ink to paper.  After the print is examined by the artist it may be  re-worked until a  bon a' tier  is produced for limited edition printings. The Inchiostro© technique is more than printing an image on paper, it is a disciplined approach using the artists aesthetics and creative talents to produce the art piece on the plate.  It is only after the plate is worked to the satisfaction of the artist that the precise printing begins. Inchiostro literally translates from the Italian to:  "Ink" and is pronounced "in cal stro"

Limited Edition - an art piece limited in the number of prints produced; adds value because of the rarity factor.

Provenance - It could establish you as a noted art collector.  It could begin with YOU!
An art piece of merit has a lineage, known as "provenance".  Provenance defines or tracks the piece created by the artist and continues through it's historical line of ownership.  (YOU could become a part of art history, click - to read more)

Verso - the back or "reverse" of the print.

 Verso Signature - Now that images can  be copied , the artist's signature on the verso of the print, provides  a collector or art patron assurance the print is authentic. A copied image is a second generation image and will not have the pristine finish of the original,  in fact it is  "a picture of a picture".  Only the original print will have a legitimate  signature on the verso.  We provide this assurance with the verso signature. 

Vintage Print - a subjective term to describe an image printed, by the photographer, within one year of the image capture or negative exposure date; added value, considered a collector's preference.

"Thoughtful Art" Quotations:

"I live and love in God's peculiar light."  -  Michelangelo
“It is art that makes life, makes interest, makes importance.” 
- Henry James - American writer

"When I think of art I think of beauty. Beauty is the mystery of life. It is not in the eye it is in the mind.  In our minds there is an awareness of perfection"
                                                  - Agnes Martin, painter  1912- 2004

"Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes.  Art is knowing which ones to keep."            - Sam Scott, Potter 1940 -

"Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he [she] grows up."        - Pablo Picasso, Painter and Sculptor 1881-   1973

"I never knew what I was doing until I was done"
- Man Ray, Photographer 1890 - 1976

"There are always two people in every picture:  the photographer and the viewer."              - Ansel Adams 1902 -1984

"When I have a camera in my hand, I know no fear. "      - Alfred Eisenstaedt  1898 - 1995

"Photography is not like painting, there is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative.
                                                   - Henri Cartier-Bresson 1908-2004

"Being a photographer is making people  look at what I want them to look at"   - Ruth Orkin  1921 - 1985

"Art is what you can get away with" - Andy Warhol  1928 –  1987

"In my view you cannot claim to have really seen something until you have photographed it - it brings a whole host of details to the fore which would otherwise have remained unnoticed and which would have been in the main impossible to discern."           -  Émile Zola, Author     1840 - 1902

"Creative people are curious, flexible, persistent and independent with a tremendous spirit of adventure and a love of play."                     - Henri Matisse

     "The effectiveness of a document depends on surprise.  A work of art grows with repeated viewing."   
      - Walter Benjamin, 1892 – 1940, Literary critic, Philosopher

     "The artist must create a spark before he can make a fire and before art is born, the artist must be ready to be 
      consumed by the fire of his own creation."      - Auguste Rodin

“Essentially what photography is is life lit up.”     - Sam Abell, Photographer, 1945 -

"Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time."
- Thomas Merton, Trappist Monk, Mystic, Photographer 

"You use a glass mirror to see your face: you use works of art to see your soul" - George Barnard Shaw

"Black and White makes you get right to the essence of what you are taking the picture of; you're not distracted by the color.  I think visually all the time." -  Sally Mann, photographer (in an interview with Charlie Rose) 

“We do not take pictures with our cameras, but with our hearts and minds.”
              -Arnold Newman

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." 

-Camille Pissarro  (Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist painter)

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