I will be giving a lecture as part of the the American Printing HistoryAssociation's 38th National Conference. This year's theme is Seeing Color/Printing Color. It takes place in Manhattan on October 18th and 19th, 2013 at the fabulous Grolier Club.
The web blurb from APHA on the conference website states the following about the conference theme "Color in printing has a rich and complex history. The American Printing History Association’s 38th annual
conference, Seeing Color/Printing Color, will examine the history of
color and color printing. Since the invention of printing from movable
type, printers have sought to perfect technologies that capture and
reproduce the visible world. Reflecting on this historic legacy and its
rapidly evolving future, the conference will present papers on topics
ranging from color in early German graphic art to the art and technology
of modern letterpress."
In addition to some very interesting tours of printing facilities throughout Manhattan, there are a series of related lectures. My presentation will be on Saturday at 3:30 pm. The title is The Apex (and Subsequent Demise) of Process Color Letterpress as Shown in the Printing of the National Geographic Magazine in the Nineteen-Fifties.
Here is what they have listed as my bio, a little different than the one that I normally have when I am wearing my artists' book maker's hat:
Philip Zimmermann is an artist, printer and a professor of
Visual Communications at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. He
taught offset lithography and pre-press (among other subjects) for many
years at Purchase College, SUNY. He has operated his press, Spaceheater
Editions, since 1979. In 1980 he edited and published the book Options for Color Separation for
the Visual Studies Workshop Press in Rochester NY. After graduating
with an MFA from VSW, he trained doing color separations with Harry
Christen of Christen Litho Laboratories of Rochester, one of the first
users of the Vario-Klischograph and of Hell drum scanners in the United
Click here to see info on the conference.