The origin of “Artisan” “Craftsman” “Books”

The reason we chose these three words best describes ourselves and our relationship with you.

The term “Artisan” is defined as: A person or company that makes a high-quality or distinctive product in small quantities, usually by hand or using traditional methods.  Mass produced items can never be Artisan. Additionally the term may refer to knowledge regarding the source of the product; for instance, when Cowgirl Creamery offers an Artisan Cheese it means they know exactly which dairy farm(s) provided the raw milk for that particular lot.

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Artisan Craftsman Books is a boutique album company, creating individual editions with a handcrafted process we perfected for nearly 20 years.  We are your Artisinal source for custom books!

As the creator of beautiful images you are the “Craftsman”.  You have a creative spirit, and have found a way to share your vision with the world. Whether it’s photography or art, you know that your efforts deserve to be properly honored and showcased in an elegant manner, not merely shared on a small LCD screen.  You need a good relationship with the Artisan with whom you are entrusting this process. We are partners in your effort; our sole purpose is to make your work and brand look it’s finest, and try to have a little fun along the way doing it!

Which brings us to “Books”.  A book is different than an album. An album is a collection of assembled photographs, generally mass produced at big box labs.  In earlier decades, photographers relied on conventional albums and artists had to mass produce expensive runs of books.

For professionals however, a modern pigment print book with elegant design will showcase photography images like no other medium.  There is a reason we use the same ink and paper you’ll find in museums: pigment printing yields vastly superior dynamic range, colors and sharpness compared to anything else, including traditional photographic prints.  Our books are neither mass produced on digital presses nor are they photographic paper glued to pages. Our modern pigment print books are works of art in themselves, and each is crafted to last a lifetime.


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