TitleAmerican Origami
ArtistAnthony pearson
DesignerMark Owens
Colour gradingColour & Books
SeparationsColour & Books
Press checksColour & Books
ProductionMark Owens
PublisherInventory Press
PrinterWilco Art Books
BinderWilco Art Books
PaperMunken Kristall Rough
BindingHard cover sewn in sections
ReproductionH-UV CMYK


The Book

With this book Anthony Pearson looked to make an overview of his work thus far. The book contains work from the past 15 years that he has been working on. He works with photography, sculptures and much more. An important aspect that can be found through all of his work is light. How does the light hit the surface, where are the shadows and he organizes that in his work according to a rigorous set of principles. In the book Anthony comments on the different pieces and what he wanted to do. This is accompanied by an essay written by Alex Klein reflecting on his work and his connections to a broad range of influences of cultures.



The Process

For this book, Anthony Pearson, all image files were made available to me in good order. Nevertheless, I still had a demanding job on this book. White is a dominant shade in this book. In addition to that, white is also a very delicate shade. White is never just white. There is nearly always a bit of tone in it. And in colour reproductions, this tone even consist of colour information. Therefore, with so little colour information, a change of 1 or 2 % of tone results in a drastically different looking shade of white. In a book like this, you at least want to have the whites on a spread or within a series of images look the same. This calls for a lot of masking and tone replacing.

And then many of the images in this book show works of art in which relief plays an important role. The reproductions should show this three dimensionality as much a possible. Emphasising this without disturbing the balance within the image was another important issue in my work on this book.

Designer, nor publisher nor artist could come on press. So the final tuning of the printing process was on me. A responsibility I could take well due to a careful process that made me understand Anthony’s work well enough.