1.2 Why Print?

Lesson Summary

We now have the technical and creative opportunities that photographers and printmakers only dreamed of just twenty five years ago.

In fact there’s never been a better time to engage in printmaking and the deeper connection that it will develop with your photography and your images.

For me that’s the best reason to print your work - it develops a deeper connection to your vision and what you are trying to say. And that’s the whole point of photography - to tell stories with your images.

Reasons for printing your own work

  • Adds a physical, tangible experience to digital photography
  • Provides more opportunities to interpret an image, and that can lead to experimentation and new ideas you may not have considered in the past.
  • It creates a sense of commitment and dedication to the craft of printmaking.
  • It’s a great way to build confidence in your vision and what you want to share with the world.

Those are just some of the reasons why I think printing is a wonderful way to express your photography, the best way in my view.

“A print is the photographer’s statement about the light, the mood, the space, the spirit and being of the image, and that interpretation may change with time, with technology, and with the photographer’s own interpretation of the image. A print is the completion of a photograph; without it the image is suspended in time, without interpretation.”

Eric Meola