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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Visioneer’s Gallery: Ladies And Gentlemen...The Beatles

The Bob Bonis archive shows the revolutionary group in their rare unscripted moments

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Not Fade Away and Duggal have been working together since 2009 when Larry Marion launched the Bob Bonis collection for the first time with "The British Are Coming!", an exhibition that featured 75 select images from the archive of 3,500 images. Duggal carefully printed directly from the negatives onto silver-gelatin prints. The response to this first unveiling of Bob Bonis' photographs was overwhelming. Marion states, "I am thrilled at the response and reception we have been getting from the music, art, photography, film and publishing communities. The rarity and importance of these incredible images has fueled an intense and positive reaction from so many people around the world. We're proud we're able to honor the legacy and work of Bob Bonis, and to bring these never-before-seen images to the world."
The '60s were the time when television exploded as a popular medium and when broadcast machinery joined print media to connect people with celebrities. Many iconic photographs of The Beatles form the historic memorabilia of the band today.
The photography collection has received worldwide acclaim, and the gallery was besieged with interest and offers to publish the photographs in book form from virtually every major and fine-art publisher in the world. The gallery settled on HarperCollins and through their It Books imprint published two books, The Lost Rolling Stones Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive 1964-1966, which was published in December of 2011, and The Lost Beatles Photographs: The Bob Bonis Archive 1964-1966, which was published in March of 2012.

Duggal was instrumental in streamlining that process for them—the first task was drum-scanning the fragile negatives at a resolution that would allow the images to be printed at large sizes. Not Fade Away Gallery selected around 600 images from the archive of approximately 3,500 images to drum-scan and restore, as necessary. The launching of the archive has been so successful that Not Fade Away Gallery has placed them on Amazon to be sold as collector's print editions. Their Amazon store is linked to a print-on-demand system—when an order gets placed on Amazon, it's forwarded directly to our print department, which then reproduces an archival digital print, and packages and ships it to the final buyer. It's incredible that after five decades, the world is still enamored with The Beatles. Such is the power of their phenomenal music and personal lives that the world fell in love with.

Duggal has had a long-standing tradition of maintaining archives of images and servicing the collection all the way from order to production to shipping, with clients including Corbis, Getty and The New York Times Photo Archives. It's a joy for us to be able to work on such collections, as they keep us firmly rooted in the historic tradition of photography and link it to the digital world while still keeping archival properties intact. Larry Marion's acknowledgement of our services—"I've been using Duggal for over five years, for all my printing needs, and they've never delivered less than perfection and never missed a deadline!"—is, of course, the joy that keeps me going and inspiring the growing family of Duggal toward perfection.

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