David Prince: Using Paper to Enhance Photography
Paper choice can influence the way we experience photography in a printed piece. Lightly colored paper can elegantly shift the tone of an image, while subtly textured paper can make a big statement. Have you ever thought how choosing the right paper can add a unique and surprising layer of interest?
David Prince is a highly regarded New York City-based photographer who specializes in food, interiors, fashion accessories and still life imagery. His client list reads like a who’s who of luxury brands—Basil Hayden's, Michael Kors, Marco Polo, JW Hulme, Banana Republic, David Yurman, Loreal, Tiffany, Ralph Lauren, Athleta, Nordstrom... His work has appeared in Elle Decor, Real Simple, Veranda, Vanity Fair, Vogue, Esquire and many other esteemed publications.
David's photography is timeless, transcending the ordinary and elevating his subjects to artful compositions with the intent of inspiring desire for a place, a product or a destination.
“I love what I do and have a passion for life! I try to live the life of my work and believe that worldly experiences and touching ones senses is crucial for your audience to believe the work.”
In this recent portfolio of David’s work, Brilliant Graphics of Exton, Pennsylvania printed on Mohawk Superfine Eggshell. This collection of images features a range of beautifully lit interiors, product-as-still-life and carefully styled food photographs. The subtle, elegant surface of Superfine Eggshell is the preferred canvas for David Prince’s meticulously crafted photography and a brilliant example of the strong supporting role that paper can play in any printed project.
Client: David Prince Photography, New York, NY
Design: Brilliant Graphics, Exton, PA
Printer: Brilliant Graphics, Exton, PA
Paper: Mohawk Superfine Eggshell Ultrawhite 100 Text/148 Gsm
Production: 4 color process + overall lay-flat aqueous
Bindery: Text pages are folded then stacked. Cover wraps around the stack.
Tips on how to use paper to enhance photography:
- Use material changes to emphasize conceptual changes. A shift from warm to cool or cool to black and white can signify change in time or meaning.
- Look to lighter papers for traditional 4-color photography. Lighter papers will spark interest and make a subtle statement without taking over the image.
- Combine black and white with color. When colored paper is the backdrop for a black and white photograph, the results are unexpected and often dramatic.
A commonly used printing technique in which the inked image is transferred from a plate to a rubber blanket, then to the printing surface. When used in combination with the lithographic process, which is based on the repulsion of oil and water, the offset technique employs a flat (planographic) image carrier on which the image to be printed obtains ink from ink rollers, while the non-printing area attracts a water-based film (called "fountain solution"), keeping the non-printing areas ink-free.
Colored paper opens up new possibilities for design and communication. Used with 4-color printing, it can become part of the image itself, giving you an additional color to work with. Have you ever thought about using colored paper as a bonus in your project?
We’ve seen that the way paper feels is powerful and how we use it can make a difference. Every project is about something, be it adventure travel or single origin chocolate. Have you ever thought about finding textures in the content, product or stories that you can emulate through paper?