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Hahnemühle Heros.

HahnemulheCertifiedAtkins are incredibly proud to have been rated as aHahnemühle Certified Studio, the only one in South Australia.

The process involved a review of all elements of our system.

So as well as having our prints hanging in places like Sir Elton John's collection, the National Portrait Gallery, Federal Parliament House, we now have a certificate showing we meet the print standards set by one of the oldest working paper producers in the world, Hahnemühle, established 1584.

Link to Hahnemühle.

Thanks to David Hobbs and Miriam O'Brien from Atkins' fine art printing department for keeping us in such great company.

Mick Bradley, 1945 - 2013.

Mick signing City Streets We were sad to hear the news of Mick Bradley passing in Sydney from a short illness. Mick is a well known icon in photography circles. His most recent book, City Streets, is the most thorough rendering of Adelaide's streets, perhaps any city streets, ever.

City Streets is a reproduction of a project by Hermann Baring in 1936 to do the same thing. Mick's book, is a brilliant comparison across 70 years.

We will miss Mick's charm and stunning work, his energy and desire to creating was very attractive.

Michael Bollen of Wakefield Press and close friend of Mick's wrote this of Mick's passing:

Mick Bradley, 1945--2013

After a sudden illness, South Australian photographer Mick Bradley died on Wednesday 13 November at St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney. Mick was aged 68. He will be sadly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew him. Mick’s smile was infectious. He lit up a room, and a day. He was kind and very talented.

Mick Bradley was born in London, but came to Australia as a boy, and his images tell stories from our lives from the 1970s on. Mick honed his craft as a fine art printer, darkroom operator and photographer working for studios in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and London. He was forever on the lookout for poetic moments in everday life. In much of his work he bridged the gap between documentary photography and fine art. 

Mick Bradley created a niche for himself in the history of South Australian photography, while his work appears in books, exhibitions and collections throughout this country and in North America and the United Kingdom. Recent endeavours included his 2011 SALA exhibition, Full Circle, held at the Bay Discovery Centre, photography for the book Carrick Hill, and more than a year shooting in Adelaide for the minumental book City Streets, which he co-authored with Lance Campbell. 

Our thoughts are with Mick’s lovely wife Vivian, his children and grandchildren, his large extended family and his numerous friends. Mick Bradley was a genuine character, a one-off. We are poorer for his absence, but richer for his life. 

Greenaway Gallery in Rundle Street, Kent Town, is hosting a farewell for Mick from 5.30 pm on Thursday 28 November. All are welcome.

Mick, Lance and Co shooting city streets

Print it or lose it - Channel 9

A4 GRAN.epsNEWS_TEAM_BANNER2today_show_australiaWe are very excited that our article has triggered interest from Channel 9 in Adelaide and the Today Show nationally. The story will run tonight (Thursday 31st) from 6pm Adelaide time, and Friday morning, November 1st on the Today Show. The story is about the dangers of only storing your photos digitally (on a computer, hard drive, CD, DVD, SD card etc). Whilst digital archiving is cost effective, it currently is very short term.

Consider this, you may not care about your photos now, but when you are older and looking back on your life, they could be gone.

Digital storage cannot be trusted beyond 5-8 years, professionals recommend moving your digital storage onto the latest system every 5 years!

The other problem is that you need a computer to see those photos, where as prints…just turn on the light and open your eyes.

Here is Atkins' tips for preserving your memories:

  1. Be sure of what you are photographing, the more photos you take, the more you have to look after and the more you have to sort through to find those gems.
  2. Once you have taken the photos, download them to your computer and sort them, keep your favourites aside and change their name to reflect what you have taken. Back these favourites up in at least 3 places (hard drive/CD/DVD/Cloud)
  3. Print your favourites at a specialist printer such as AtkinsTechnicolour, avoid the big box stores; Harvey Normans, Office Works etc. Prints made unprofessionally may not last longer than 5 years.
  4. Make albums, books, frames and canvasses for the wall and gift even cards. Share your prints, they make great presents.
  5. Always try have the title on or on the back describing who is in the photo, where you were and when it was taken.

If you want further advice, or prints that will last for more than 100 years, contact Atkins on 08 8431 6755, or email: info@atkins.com.au.

If you want to read the full article, click here.

A big thanks to PMA and Fuji-film for the Print it or Lose it campaign.

Newspaper coverage of our the biggest problem facing photography.

It was great of the Advertiser to run a piece last weekend featuring on of our biggest concerns, the long-term storage and preservation of  photographs we are taking. We live in a world where the value of photographs is not understood. We are lucky that the technology we had, film, also was a good archiving tool. A happy accident. Digital files will not be there for future generations without our attention and care.

I'll be writing more about this in the future, but this is a great start. Paul