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    Dating your prints

    When you matt, sign and date yours prints, do you the date when the print was made or the date when the negative was made?
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    I would date the neg with your name

    The do the same on the prints as they are made with that new date

    If a series add that, 2 of 9 as example

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    I date with the time the negative was made. That sets my copyright at the earliest time. Prints can be rolling out for decades afterward, but the original copyright is at the earlier time.

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    Re: Dating your prints

    Prints are marked on the bottom left with the title and date shot and on the bottom right with my name. If this is covered by a mat, the same info is written on the the front of the mat. Back of the print or if it is dry mounted then the back of the board the print is mounted to is written "printed on" and then the date printed with my initials. I personally think that this is an overkill but a curator insisted that it was not.

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    For me, the date of the print matters. Each print is unique.

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    Title on bottom left under the print on the mat, name and year of printing on right. No # because I think that's a dumb convention meant to artificially introduce "scarcity" to a print that can be printed infinitely (my original Clyde Butcher print, negative shot decades ago, is only #3 of supposedly 250 prints - clearly that'll never happen). My one exception is photograms or other actually non-negative-based prints, which is then numbered as there is only a finite # of them printed.
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    Re: Dating your prints

    Quote Originally Posted by ic-racer View Post
    For me, the date of the print matters. Each print is unique.
    An excellent point of view...one I do not follow often enough. The year the image was taken/made with the camera is usually part of my print title (on the back...usually place name and year). I will rarely include print date, but if for some reason it seems important to me, I will. I was writing the printing date on the back of my platinum prints, but I need to get more consistent with that again -- got lazy lately.
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    control destruction

    future, multi path

    witness Vivian Maier

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    I use an image number not a date. However my image numbers are yyyymm.#. where # represents the frame sequence for the month so 202105.1. would be the first frame of the month regardless whether it was shot on 4x5, 5x12, or other format. For digital I just let the camera numbering system work and file them by year.
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    Re: Dating your prints

    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn View Post
    An excellent point of view...one I do not follow often enough. The year the image was taken/made with the camera is usually part of my print title (on the back...usually place name and year). I will rarely include print date, but if for some reason it seems important to me, I will. I was writing the printing date on the back of my platinum prints, but I need to get more consistent with that again -- got lazy lately.
    Long after I'm gone, when my work goes up on Sotheby's, bidders will be clamoring for the earliest print dates....

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