Exhibition at Canon Campus plus Showroom and Museum Visit (Podcast 614)

I recently received the wonderful opportunity to display my work in a gallery at the new showroom and museum at Canon's headquarters in Shimomaruko here in Tokyo, and today I'm going to share details including the creation of my prints, how they were treated in preparation for the show,...

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17 Comments
  • Mark V'Soske
    Posted at 21:18h, 06 April Reply

    Congratulations on a beautiful exhibit!

  • Ron Gates
    Posted at 07:17h, 07 April Reply

    Martin, I found this blog post extremely interesting. I’ve followed you for a number of years now and enjoy each and every post. I wish I could be in Tokyo to see your images in person but that’s not possible. I also own all three of your ebooks that I purchased through Craft and Vision. I was disappointed to see it discontinue offering books and also for the end of PHOTOGRAPH Magazine. Thanks for your efforts.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 12:22h, 07 April Reply

      Hi Ron,

      Thanks so much for the lovely comment! I really appreciate you following my antics over the years.

      Thanks also for picking up my ebooks through Craft & Vision. It’s a shame that they decided to discontinue the majority of their services, but I hugely applaud their decision to give the right to sell these books back to the authors. This was hugely generous of them.

      Sorry you can’t see the prints in person, but I’m pleased you enjoyed the post. Hopefully, someday we’ll figure out a way to get these or similar prints to your part of the world.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Greg Bee
    Posted at 18:38h, 07 April Reply

    Hi Martin

    So does ON1 Perfect Resize do a better job of resizing than Capture One’s own resizing output?

    Thanks,

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 22:07h, 07 April Reply

      Hi Greg,

      Capture One and Photoshop don’t really do anything to help the image look good when enlarged. ON1 Resize contains the Genuine Fractals algorithm that in my opinion does a great job of actually increasing the resolution.

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Janet Webster
    Posted at 23:41h, 07 April Reply

    Hello Martin and thank you for a very interesting (as usual) post. First off, congratulations on your exhibit. I bet it is stunning.and wish I was able to visit Tokyo to see it. It was interesting to read about how you made the prints. (Your ebook – Making the Print – really helped me as I started learning to print). I am just starting to have some work printed on aluminum and would like to know more about the panels your prints were affixed to – the process involved etc and how this differs from printing directly on metal.. Any chance you could do a blog post on this?
    Hope your exhibition is a great success. And thanks for all your work.
    Cheers, Janet

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:56h, 08 April Reply

      Hi Janet,

      Thanks very much for your lovely comment and congrats!

      The process of creating the Alpolic panels is a little bit of a grey box. I tried to get access to the actual process and was refused. As it is not a process that cannot be carried out without space consuming equipment, not to mention very expensive, it’s always going to be something that we outsource.

      If I can get more information on what actually happens to the prints, I’ll certainly post that, but the head of Frameman seems to always be too busy to spend much time explaining this stuff. I’ll see what I can do though.

      Cheers,
      Martin.

      • Janet Webster
        Posted at 15:54h, 08 April Reply

        Thanks Martin. I have had some images printed on aluminum dibond and was very pleased. Then I became aware that there are other processes of placing images on metal. Am hoping to learn more about this. As I live in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, I don’t have the opportunity to pop out and explore this stuff in galleries or printing places! I think any information you can dig up would be very useful not only for me but for other photographers. Thanks, Janet

  • David Ramsey
    Posted at 04:08h, 08 April Reply

    Martin – Well deserved recognition to be displayed at Canon HQ! The images look wonderful and I think you made the right decision to print large, even if it limited the number of photographs you could display. Images such as you chose are, IMO, more impactful when printed large. And where in Japan could you otherwise display 10 photographs as large?! LOL. Hope all is well with you.

    Regards,
    David

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 09:59h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks, Dave!

      It’s nice to have my decision affirmed. I love large immersive prints, so I wanted to do something like this anyway, and this was a great chance to do that. As you say, there aren’t many places here in Japan that I could hang such large prints.

      All’s well here, thanks! I hope all is well with you too!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Christian Meermann
    Posted at 06:53h, 08 April Reply

    This was an immensely interesting read. Congratulations on your exhibition and good luck!

    Cheers,
    C.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 10:01h, 08 April Reply

      Thanks, Christian!

      I’m pleased you enjoyed the read!

      Cheers,
      Martin.

  • Andy Bartlett
    Posted at 04:39h, 09 April Reply

    Congratulations Martin! Canon made a great decision in choosing to use your art and printing expertise.

    Fascinating article taking us through your process. I imagine picking just 10 images must have been challenging. I hope your tours of the exhibition go well. I’m sure it will be fascinating to see the Canon equipment as well awesome to see your big prints.

    • Martin Bailey
      Posted at 19:37h, 09 April Reply

      Thanks Andy!

      I’m pleased you found this interesting.

      I’m looking forward to visiting on the 16th with some guests. It should be fun.

      I hope all is well!

      Regards,
      Martin.

  • Paul Henman
    Posted at 04:32h, 11 May Reply

    Congratulations – looks fantastic!

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