The Master Printer

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This exhibit was part of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2010 and Queen West Art Fair at the Gladstone Hotel 2010.

About this series: The Master Printer by Louis Au

This series documents the craft of centuries-old tradition of hand printing at Taller Martin Pescador in Tacámbaro, Michoacán. A master Mexican printer, founder Juan Pascoe creates his books on a R. Hoe Washington handpress dated back to 1835. Each piece of type is hand set, each page is inked, laboriously printed by hand and hand sewn together. In stark contrast to today’s computer-based typography and printing, this old tradition has become a lost art.

For more images from this project, please visit the Master Printer Gallery.
For the slideshow, please visit the Vimeo video.

— Louis Au September 2010

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