I guess it's quite clear, and has been for some time, that we will be
seeing more and more film-related sources drying up as the years pass
by, but I`d think this is not an immediate concern (as long as there
is a group of willing buyers, there usually are willing sellers). On
the other hand, direct-to-plate imaging technologies continue to
evolve and several of these look potentially useful. It's really a
matter of paying attention to this and exploiting the little tidbits
that will be handed down to us from the industry.
From my little perch here: We are witness to an unprecedented and
phenomenal increase in activity in non-industry letterpress over the
last several years but this "letterpress bubble" seems to have little
to do with the old metal type technologies (since those resources
continue to dwindle away from lack of marketthough the "romance" of
"metal" is without question the attraction, it's not like the mass of
new entries to the field are actually out there buying new type or
building metal type collections). We have purchased a little time with
digital type technologies and the photopolymer plate process, but as
we near the end of that cycle, future survival is a matter of making
adjustments. Assuming they can be made (and our work is not forced to
suffer a decline in quality as a result) and that we are willing. It
is not only film we have to worry about, digital type technologies as
well have been undergoing significant change, and much of this is not
in our best interests.
> Sheet film, contact frames, gallery cameras, dot etching and all the
> that were required are gone.
> By comparison, letterpress printing is a thriving industry.
> Best regards,
> Gary Mordhorst
> AccuColor Plus, Inc.
> conventional offset digital offset contemporary letterpress