Being on press involves a lot of waiting: waiting for the plates and press to be prepared, waiting for the pressmen to make initial inking adjustments, waiting for further inking adjustments at the direction of the production team, and, finally, waiting for the run to be completed (sometimes compounded by alternate plates inserted for foreign editions). And then the process begins all over again. With this book, which has 17 signatures, that’s 34 set-ups plus delays on each run for two foreign editions (French and Italian). That’s a lot of waiting, even for a photographer like myself, who spends so much of his life waiting and watching for photographs.
So how does a photographer try to break up this monotony? The obvious way: I took this photograph while meandering through the maze of the printing plant. — Alex Webb
The funny thing about waiting around on press with all these amazing photographs of Alex’s — even the street outside the printing plant is beginning to look like an Alex Webb photograph. –Rebecca Norris Webb