Woodblocks versus Lithos (was:- Re:- Help with storage and picture ID)

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Posted by Peter Gallagher on July 13, 2003 at 02:21:53:

In Reply to: Re:- Help with storage and picture ID posted by C. Poston on July 02, 2003 at 14:42:23:

When Theo mentioned "lito", I presume he was using the abbreviation (litho) for "Offset Lithography" (is that right, Theo?).

If so, my understanding is that Lithos are *machine* printed using modern technology, whereas woodblocks are *hand-printed*.

Leaving aside the immense skill required to carve the blocks from which woodblock prints were produced (just for the sake of making a point): the very fact that woodblocks were hand-printed (and again: with the immense which this requires): puts woodblocks (even "modern recuts")in a totally different league of my personal appreciation ...

In other words; I have far more admiration (an awful lot) for a woodblock print than a litho (for which I have practically none).
Of course, this is just my personal, but feel it is not unfounded ...

Lithos are what most modern magazines are full of - just look at any in a magazine under an 8x or 10x magnifying glass and you will find a matrix of tiny dots belying the process used.
Hope this helps :)

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