About why I chose printer robstolk
Robstolk is an Amsterdam based printer specialised in working for artists, galleries, museums, designers, cultural organisations and photographers. Their portfolio features beautiful print work for photographers Ed van der Elsken, Erwin Olaf, Anton Corbijn, Martine Stig, Rineke Dijkstra, Dana Lixenberg, Bieke Depoorter and Eddy van Wessel. Also, Tate Modern, Foam Amsterdam, Nederlands Fotomuseum Rotterdam, Stedelijk Museum and Guggenheim have had their printwork, from books to brochures to posters, made here. At their office, where the high walls are stacked with printed books in all shapes and sizes, the love for creative printing is tangible.
Of course this is the printer where I want to have my book printed. I strongly believe in working together with people who are driven by their love for the products they make. At robstolk this is most certainly the case, and I am sure this will be visible in the end product.
A few months ago I contacted them, and talked about my plans and basic design ideas for Even Firemen. The response was enthusiastic and we decided to team up.
In the following weeks, I had numerous talks and brainstorms with Freek Kuin, the creative director at robstolk. The fact that a print company employs a creative director is great news to me – Freek not only simply showed me what was possible for the amount of funding I had in mind, he also presented creative ideas to make this book better fit to the story I was telling. While keeping in mind the budget- and print technical consequences. We took plenty of time to seek out the finest and most fitting materials to tell this story with. And settled on a beautiful soft red linen material for the cover, Imperial 4500, and 150 grams Arctic Volume Cream paper for the photography pages. In the end, the materials used are to be a vital part of the story.
Needless to say I am very much looking forward to finishing this project together with them. Once the funding goal is reached, me and a professional lithographer at robstolk will get all the photographs ready for offset printing. And if all goes well, I am hoping to be able to send, or hand over, your wonderfully printed copy of Even Firemen in January 2018.
Read more about printer robstolk here: https://www.robstolk.nl/drukwerk/category/fotografie/