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A blooming great project

Various capabilities of print have been combined to turn a one-off photography exhibition into a permanent keepsake for a select few.

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The book incorporated different methods of print and papers to give a varied look and feel

Established fashion photographer, Nick Knight is known for his work on advertising campaigns such as Christian Dior and Calvin Klein, as well as directing Lady Gaga and Kanye West’s music videos.

What started out as a personal project, for years Knight has been taking photos of roses from his garden using his iPhone and uploading these each day to social media with different Instagram filters.

Knight was recently invited to turn this project into a photographic exhibition at the Albion Barn Gallery in Oxford. The exhibition was an exclusive event with visitors only able to access his work by invitation. To mark the occasion, the gallery requested a high-quality case book of the photographs to be made.

Emmerson Press in Kenilworth were chosen to complete the short-run of books after Knight’s long-term collaborator and art director Paul Hetherington recommended them, having worked with the company on previous projects.

I’d probably say it’s one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on. Simply because of the number of different techniques we had to employ

Hetherington designed the book and had a clear vision of how he wanted it to look and feel. Jamie Emmerson, director at Emmerson Press describes the various elements that were incorporated: “I’d probably say it’s one of the most challenging projects I’ve ever worked on. Simply because of the number of different techniques we had to employ.”

The firm used its Fujifilm Jet Press 72OS to print all the rose pictures using the printer’s Max Gamut colour functionality. Other elements were created using litho and screen-printing.

Emmerson continues: “The attention to detail in the book is extraordinary, the textured grey slipcase for example is a visual and tactile nod to Nick Knight’s urban, concrete garden in which his roses grow. Paul Hetherington had an extremely clear vision of how he wanted the book to look and feel – right down to the detail of the multiple paper types he wanted to use.

“He spent some time with us on the factory floor looking at proofs and experimenting with different ways to get the result he wanted. Ultimately, we were delighted to be able to bring a complex project together and produce a beautiful book.”

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