At C.S. Graphics, Singapore, after printing Hong Kong Nature Landscapes: Victor Cheong (left), Edward Stokes, Pet Teoh (third from left), Jess Poh (third from right) and Sim Chor Sum, the leading pressman (right).

 

Every stage of book creation requires smooth coordination and teamwork: between the publisher, image scanners, designers, proofers, and printers.

In preparing books, especially in their final stages, the back and forth flow of information, images, texts, layouts and finally proofs is never-ending. The Foundation’s books have benefited greatly – indeed, they have been blessed – by working with dedicated, committed and highly skilled partners. Those most closely involved are credited elsewhere. See Credits.

In the early to mid stages of a book, given their gradual development, the partner work is less time pressured. In the printing, which normally is done in three days or less, often printing twenty-four hours around the clock, coordination and close teamwork are critical. If flaws appear – or worse, if something goes wrong – the book’s publisher depends entirely on the printer’s technical backup, experience and staff to respond quickly – and to make the necessary adjustments.

Pressmen still often learn their craft on the job, or with only minimal technical training. The best pressmen, as this photo and others here suggest, take intense pride in their work – and doubly so when they are printing demanding, top reproduction quality books. Here, after some three days printing Hong Kong Nature Landscapes, the CS Graphics’ team come together for a photo.