Introducing Hahnemuhle German Etching

We’ve been thinking about our paper catalogue and decided that our fine art section didn’t really make sense. The Epsom Hot Press Natural and Epsom Cold Press Natural were too similar. For some time we’ve had Hahnemuhle German Etching as an off catalogue and it has been producing stunning results. It’s become apparent that our Epsom Cold Press Natural has become pretty much redundant.

We’re not the only people who love German etching. “I have no desire to hide or disguise the photographic intent of the images I make. So my reason for liking this paper is not because it tricks viewers into imagining the image to be drawn or painted. No:  I like it because it makes the right sort of image look astonishingly but subtly lyrical.” - Tim Ashley Photography

Check out our pricing page to look at our updated catalogue.

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WE HAVE A NEW ADDRESS AND A NEW WIDE FORMAT PRINTER

Our New Location - Mahatma Gandhi Centre, 145 New North Road, Kingsland.

 

We’ve found a place that’s close, that’s easy to get to, and has parking, We have been offered the opportunity to move into a space in the iconic Mahatma Gandhi Centre. Only a couple of blocks from our old address at 2 Khyber Pass Road, our new location has great lighting and accessible parking.

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Our New Printer - Epson SureColor P9070 44”

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To ensure that we are delivering the best possible work we recently acquired a new Epson SureColor P9070 44” large format printer. The P9070 features a 2880 x 1440 dpi head delivering ultra-high resolution with superior half tones and optimised ink density. In addition, the 10 colour Epson UltraChrome HDX ink enables prints with a high dMax and wide colour gamut achieving 98% PANTONE certified coverage.

Exhibition printing for Guy Needham

the mentawai of indonesia

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Guy Needham is a travel photographer whose work primarily focuses on cultures, drawing on themes of identity and place.

His images have appeared in National Geographic Creative, National Geographic Traveler, Lonely Planet, AFAR, CNN.com and International Traveler as well as being used by Tourism Australia, Papua New Guinea Tourism and Vanuatu Tourism. He has exhibited in London, New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Zagreb and here in New Zealand and is a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the World Photographic Organisation.

The Mentawai people live in an island group 150km off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. Considered one of the planet's most ancient tribes, today they are still found deep in the island jungle. The Mentawai have a unique culture with their own language. Most of the older villagers are decorated with tattoos and Mentawai women are known for their sharpened teeth. The men are expert hunters, to this day still using arrows tipped with poison made from the forest. Discussing the creative decisions around the exhibition, Guy explains "This exhibition is a testament to their simple way of life and pure sense of self. The monochrome images use contrast in a wider sense, echoing the differences between their uncluttered lives and ours."

We are producing a series of A1 and A0 Ilford GALERIE Smooth Pearl 310gsm black and white prints for Guy's exhibition, the first is shown above.

To find out more:

The paper - Ilford GALERIE Smooth Pearl 310gsm

The exhibition - the mentawai of indonesia

The photographer - Guy Needham

The Gallery - Studio 541

Michael Hall

  • Opening Date:Tuesday, 13 June 2017
  • Closing Date:Sunday, 2 July 2017
  • Opening Time:Tue-Fri 11-5pm, Sat 11-4pm, Sun 11-3pm

We are really looking forward to this opening, it has been a pleasure to print, although not without a little drama. Hahnemuhle papers are in big demand at this time of year, a big thank you to Aarque Graphics for air freighting paper in to ensure we could complete the show.

Michael's work focuses specifically on exploring the human impact on the environment. He is currently undertaking an extensive project to document the causes and effects of our changing climate as personal exploration and to improve ecological awareness around the world.

Michael chose Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt 308gsm for this exhibition.  Excellent for Michael's work, Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Matt has a superb tonal range ensuring that his subtle tones are accurately preserved.  Also, Hahnemule's environmental credentials align closely to Michael's.

For further information:

Jazz Night

Live jazz with Leon Hattori

We are supporting the Rotary live jazz night with award winning Leon Hattori and would love if you could too. Tickets are going for $20 per person. The night will raise funds for the Heart Saver project, specifically for more Defibrillators (AEDs) out in our communities.

 
Net Proceeds to: Rotary’s Heart Saver project (AEDs) & other Rotary community causes.

 
Buy Tickets From: Rotary Mt Eden Members
Chapter Book & Tea Shop, 442 Mt Eden Rd, info@chapter.co.nz, T 6232319, Contact Frances Loo Eventfinda (please note that ticket purchases on eventfinda incur handling fees)
 
Enquiries to: Frances Loo T 09-6232319 M 021-635027 or E info@chapter.co.nz
 

Leon Hattori Bio:

I have been playing piano as long as I can remember and, since moving to New Zealand, have been getting piano lessons by two outstanding jazz pianists, Dr Mark Baynes and Jonathan Crayford.

With a high school band, I won the MAINZ musicianship award at the Auckland regional finals of Smokefree Pacifica Beats in 2014 and, at the annual National Youth Jazz Competition in Tauranga, I won an award (SOUNZ Trophy for the Best Performance of a New Zealand Composition) with my band “The Good Vibes” for one of my own compositions (It's Time), as well as winning the most outstanding Keyboarder award in 2015 and the most outstanding Pianist award in 2016.

I have been a member of “The Good Vibes” since early 2015. We have played for the Hamilton Jazz Society, as well as doing some background music for private functions, as well as restaurants and bars such as Hallertau or the Wine Chambers.

 
Rotary District 9920 Heart Saver Project:

Cardiac arrests are the second largest killer of New Zealanders each year. 85% of all those that suffer one, die.

Cardiac arrests do not discriminate and often come with no warning. Every day, 5 Kiwis lose their life from this tragic event. What's truly tragic about this statistic is that each of these lives is deemed "saveable" if only they had early access to a defibrillator. Every minute without one lowers the chances of survival by 10%.

As a country, New Zealand is short of publicly funded defibrillators. We need another 4,500 to get to what might be considered to be an acceptable level. So every single defibrillator that we can get into circulation really does make a difference. Rotary District 9920's goal is for the clubs in its district to provide >50 defibrillators into our community.

 

Martin C Law Paintings Of Mt Eden

Preserving a record of NZ’s architectural heritage

Martin Law, “I believe our architectural past is very significant and should not be destroyed, but protected and cherished”.

After graduating from London's Central St Martins School of Art and Design Martin worked on the design of large Middle Eastern palaces, Hotels, and Super Yachts. The results were regularly published in professional magazines internationally. 

Recently, as a resident of Mt Eden, the tragedy of destruction occurring around him inspired Martin to capture Mt Eden landmarks both literally and whimsically.  The result is ‘Paintings of Mt Eden’, Martin’s first solo exhibition.  Martin's long term ambition is to produce the largest collection of paintings of NZ Architecture by a single artist.  We are looking forward to working with him, digitizing each of his paintings and producing limited edition high quality prints on Hahnemühle German Etching® 310gsm.

    Paintings of Mt Eden is open until 18 December 10am-5pm (mondays and Tuesdays by appointment)
     

    FURTHER INFORMATION:

    Full Moon Kingdom

    FULL MOON KINGDOM

    Our first sponsorship of the year is Kathrin Simons Full moon kingdom.

    Over a period of two years Kathrin visited the zoo at night when the moon was at its brightest. Working with a NIKON D800 Kathrin would select an ISO setting as low as 200 requiring exposure times of up to 3 minutes.  The result is an exhibition that combines technical and aesthetic discipline with an inspired creative vision to produce an intense and immersive experience.
    We took this photo (above) last year when Kathrin Simon came in to share the excitement of the first finished print. Stunning.

    Kathrin chose ILFORD Galerie Prestige Metallic Gloss for the collection.  While this paper requires careful lighting it delivers both the shadow detail and splashes of warmth critical to Kathrin’s story.
    The exhibition closes on the 20th and so this weekend is an ideal time to check it out. To find out the story behind the story check out the video below:

    Are you preparing work for the Auckland Festival of Photography 2016?

    We are accepting proposals for sponsorship for exhibitions in this years festival.  If you think that your exhibition would work using ILFORD Galerie Prestige Metallic Gloss we would love to talk to you about it.

    Intern, New Paper Newsletter

    We are looking for an intern for 3 months, who wishes to extend their knowledge of fine arts and printing!

    Responsibilities will vary but may include, answering the phone, talking to customers, restoring photographs, printing images.

    Though we expect the intern to have some competency in the key skills outlined below, we also offer training in these skills.

    Key Qualities:

    • Competency in the use of any/all of the following: Adobe Creative Suite (specifically In-design and Photoshop), Microsoft office including Excel and Word, social media sites such as Facebook.
    • Have pride in the quality of your work.
    • Be creative and have attention to detail
    • Careful and organised approach to work.
    • Appreciation of our customer’s needs.
    • Have excellent written and oral communication skills. 
    • Able to manage multiple projects at any one time.
    • Be dedicated and willing to learn.
    • Passionate about the arts.

    On satisfactory performance of the internship, the intern will receive a certificate of completion and a letter of appreciation.

    Please email a brief cover letter, your CV and portfolio to georgia@thedigitaldarkroom.co.nz by Friday 28th of August to register your interest.