Push Print has won this hyper-demanding category where detail and quality are everything.
A host of near-perfect jobs included Damien Hirst’s Visual Candy, involving extensive retouching, colour balancing and a debossed cover. But it was the Archive of Modern Conflict by the photographer Don McCullin that really won over the judges: “The McCullin book showed fantastic reproduction of black-and-white imagery, the quality was arresting and the production helped you become absorbed in the images.” Key points included tri-tone images throughout, inline gloss varnish to images and cloth-wrapped front and back boards. Push Print machine proofed images on three different stocks; a slightly off-white paper was chosen. Another book, Calder after the War, also managed to bring beauty to the disaster of conflict thanks to perfect production.
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Pureprint almost made it three wins in a row for the fine art category with projects such as a book on artist Jeff Koons, hailed by judges for its “vibrant and beautiful colour reproduction”. Meanwhile reproducing the pastel colours on wood in Ernesto Canovas’ An American Trilogy involved FM screening to accentuate the soft, subtle textures for the 2,000 books for Halcyon Gallery.
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