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A Wild Year by John Birch

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A Wild Year by John Birch

249.00

This book represents John's inaugural attempt at a printed portfolio based on his first, ‘wild’ year as a professional photographer.

The book is divided into four sections. The first three: Tanzania; the United Kingdom and the Rest of the World comprise images that reflect his dominant interest in wildlife photography. The small fourth section at the rear contains pictures from his Travel and Adventure portfolios that have been published or achieved recognition in 2016. All the photographs, except the last two in the book were taken in 2015 or 2016.

For those who are interested, all technical data has been included.

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This superb quality A3 deluxe landscape book comprises digital images produced by Aperture Books' on a HP Indigo 5000 printer.

Following the printing process, each page is creased within the book block at a precise position enabling easy page turn on this 300gsm paper stock. This reduces ‘bounce’ when the book is laid open and pages turned. The block is then glued and clamped before being hand drilled and stitched by hand using their trade secret method. The books boast full panoramic ‘across the spread’ capabilities.

The covers are printed on their large format printer, laminated and placed over a double strength and durable 4mm board.

It comprises 78 matt laminated pages.

The book is one of a strictly limited edition of 250 books. Each one is personally signed and certified by John Birch.

A Word About Pricing

I feel it necessary to comment on the price of these books, having seen more than one person recoil at the cost.

In the first instance, they were produced as an easy means of demonstrating a large number of my photographs without having to cover an entire wall with framed prints. As such, whilst they make regular appearances at our exhibitions and trade stands they were not intended for retail.

They are hand produced, one at a time, and so do not benefit from the cost reductions achieved when bulk producing books using offset printing methods. A print run of 10,000-15,000 might make the cost per book much closer to the price of a ‘coffee’ table book in a high street bookstore but bankrupt me in the meantime!

I came up with a price because so many people asked me if they could buy a copy. In conclusion, even at the advertised price, by the time I deduct production costs and VAT, there is very little left.