Wednesday, November 21, 2007

God's Printer: Arion Press Folio Bible video from CBS Sunday Morning

This 8 minute video segment from CBS Sunday Morning shows the making of the last Bible to be printed by letterpress in the Gutenberg tradition from hot metal type, crafted by hand in a small workshop in San Francisco. The video shows each step in the making of the Bible, starting in the historic Monotype foundry of Mackenzie and Harris, and also features the cylinder press in operation, the calligraphic illumination process, and the hand sewing of books in the bindery.

The video features interviews with Andrew Hoyem and other Arion Press craftsmen, as well as type designer Sumner Stone and calligrapher Thomas Ingmire.


Bay Area Backroads visits the Presidio

KRON-TV's Bay Area Backroads show visited the Presidio of San Francisco recently. The 20-minute program included a very brief stop in Arion Press's M & H Type foundry. The video gives a nice overview of the Presidio's history, archaeology, current developments, as well as visits to four restaurants located on the grounds of Presidio, which you may find interesting if you are planning to visit the Presidio to take a tour of Arion Press or visit our gallery.

View the Presidio video on Bay Area Backroads (note: the brief video of the M & H Type foundry is in the segment labelled "The Presidio" in the video player window).


Wednesday, October 3, 2007

Kenny Howard on film titles and typecasting

Photographer Lucy Gray recently interviewed Kenny Howard from
M & H Type about his work on film titles. He also discussed typecasting (the non-Hollywood variety). The 34-minute slide-show/podcast is part of a series called "Lucy Talks Movies" on, and it includes numerous photos of the M & H typefoundry and the Arion pressroom and letterpress facilities. Here's how Lucy introduced the "vodcast":

"Daniel Day-Lewis and Paul Thomas Anderson have made a new movie called There Will Be Blood, based on the Upton Sinclair novel, Oil. After seeing a special edition of Moby Dick, made by Arion Press, they called the San Francisco publisher of fine art edition books to make the title sequence for the film. Kenny Howard responded."

Kenny Howard portrait
Kenny Howard holding a film title proof; portrait photo by Lucy Gray.

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