Where it all began.


A documentary about the Gutenberg press that I really enjoyed. This film provides great insight into the history of print and the painstaking process of printing. Without Gutenberg’s invention, poster art and the history of illustration would not exist.  Watch the other five parts on Youtube. 

Some contextual chronology:

Woodblock prints date back as early as 200CE

Intaglio first attempted in 1430 but not perfected until Rembrandt’s time in the 17th century.

Gutenberg Press begins production in 1450’s and is modified and improved rapidly. More complex and efficient presses are produced constantly.

Lithography invented in 1796.

Photography 1839, photomontage became a popular tool of artists and poster designers in the early 1900’s.

Offset presses in 1903.

Screenprinting, though dating back to the 10th century in the East, and used industrially and by artists in the 19th century, it did not become the cornerstone of the DIY poster artist until Warhol popularized it in the 1960’s.



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