B-Side is a collection of original, limited edition photographic works that are not part of a larger series, offered at an affordable price for the emerging art collector.
As an artist, a photographer, the habit of creating is constant and compulsive. Often, it is about a single moment without consideration for the bigger story the moment might belong in. Out of that compulsion emerges an occasional great image, or two. But like an orphan child, it lacks siblings or a family to call its own. Thus, I am offering up B-Side, a selection of some of my favorite images, as original, limited edition prints, priced affordably for emerging collectors.
In addition to finding good homes for these orphan images, I want to give back.
Inspired by great groups such as collect.give, one image out of every 10 on B-Side will be listed for a charity. All proceeds from the sale of that image, in that edition, will benefit a charity.
B-Side is an easy, introductory way to live with art, start collecting art, surround yourself with things that inspire you, and give back a little, too.
Now what is an edition and how is it an original?
To fully understand these confusing terminology we need to go back in time, before photography, to the days of printmaking.
A print is a work of graphic art, which has been conceived as an original work by an artist, rather than a copy of a work from another medium. Prints are produced by first drawing or carving an image onto a hard surface (known as the matrix), such as a wood block, metal plate or stone. This surface is then inked and the image is transferred to paper by the application of pressure, thus creating an impression, or print. The printed image that results is the exact reverse of the image on the plate.
Photographic negatives work similarly, using light instead of ink to create the image.
An edition is the number of prints struck from one plate, usually at the same time. A limited edition has a fixed number of impressions produced, with the understanding that no further prints will be made. Most modern artists produce only limited editions, normally signed by the artist in pencil, and numbered as, say, 67/100 to show the unique number of that impression and the total edition size.
Artists began to sign and number each impression around the turn of the 20th century to ensure that only the editions they made would be in circulation. Plates, and now negatives, should not be used in subsequent printmaking runs without the artist’s explicit authorization.
A photographic print is considered the original or fine print, as it is created by an artist to be a work of art in its own right. That is to say, the artist creates an original compositions and visual imagery, rather than copying another work of art.
In essence, an original, limited edition print is authentic, one-of-a-kind, photographic art. There will only be the limited numbers of prints available in any given size as stated for each image, no more, no less.
To quote Jen Beckman of 20×200, “Live with art. It’s good for you.”
If you have any questions about B-Side, Please email me at: charlie at charliegrosso dot com
Confused about how to decide what you like and which piece might be right for you, Read: Stinky Cheese and Permission and see if it helps…..or email me and I will help you find an excellent piece of art for your collection.