Scotland – Faith and Fortitude, A Leather-bound Fine Art Leporello

Black and White Landscape Photography

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$1495 Ltd. Ed. Leporello


Scotland – Faith and Fortitude is a leporello (leather-bound lay-flat book of photographic prints) presenting profound black and white images from the Isle of Sky and the Scottish Highlands. Each 12×24 spread showcases a single image from the portfolio. With 25 prints in the portfolio, this leporello offers photography collectors a great opportunity to own an entire portfolio of Sam Dobrow’s black and white photographic prints in a compact format designed for table top exhibition.

The Story of Faith and Fortitude

Scotland – Faith and Fortitude presents a photostory about a harsh land that spawned a culture of hearty endurance, strong faith, and the fortitude to survive. Through Sam Dobrow’s eyes we experience a sense of solitude looking across vast landscapes and historic castles. The stark landscape gives us insight into the generations of people who struggled against the elements to survive. A people who fought to protect their land, honor, and religion. The timeless monochromatic imagery amplifies the feeling of solitude. As we stand looking across miles and miles of undeveloped land, we are able to experience the same centuries-old visions as the people who came here, fought, conquered, and died.

About the Table Top Gallery

The Scotland – Faith and Fortitude leporello is a table top gallery. At first glance, you may think it is a book because it is assembled with a binding but that is where the similarities end. Images in the leporello are chromogenic prints produced on light sensitive paper. Each photograph is dry mounted on a sheet of mylar to provide a rigid base or “exhibition panel” for each lay flat spread. The exhibition panels are assembled into the leporello structure and bound inside an embossed, genuine leather book cover. The bound structure of the leporello sequences the visitor’s experience as if they are walking through a gallery. Each leporello is packaged in an acid free archival box for storage and protection. Collectors may choose to exhibit their leporello using a stand, opening the exhibit to different spreads as their mood or interests dictate.

Types of Printing Production for Art Books

Digital chromogenic prints are considered the highest quality prints for photography because of their extremely smooth “continuous tone” gradations. They are produced by exposing light sensitive photographic paper with a high resolution laser and developed using the same chemistry as film based prints made with an enlarger. Chromogenic prints are more likely to be used in hand made books, one-of-a-kind books, specialty art books, and ultra high-end wedding albums. High quality print on demand (POD) photo books are individually produced using an inkjet printer (giclee prints). Due to the high unit cost of POD books, they are best suited for one-of-a-kind books and small runs. An offset printing press (CMYK prints) can be used to produce several hundred books at a much lower unit cost, but the total cost of a run is substantial. Offset printing is used for mass production of published books.

Book vs Leporello

Books are typically produced with a glued or stitched binding that requires each page to fold open. In a typical book, images do not span across the full page spread because much of the image gets lost in the seam. A leporello is like an accordion; the spreads lay flat and are composed of a single sheet of paper. Some leporellos are made from a continuous sheet of photographic paper folded like an accordion and glued together to bind the pages. The table-top gallery leporello improves this design by mounting each spread to a rigid hinged sheet of mylar for exceptional stability and lay-flat characteristics.

About the Art Basel Miami 2016 Edition

This edition is a limited production of only 25 units. Each unit comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The certificate and the art are identified with matching serialized decals verifying the authenticity. The certificate fully describes the work of art. Both the certificate and the work of art are signed by the artist.