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Buying a Print from Adam

Hundreds of my images decorate the houses and offices of happy customers from all over the world. 

My work has been bought by private, corporate and governmental collections in every continent over the past 30 years.

You can rest assured that I am always available to discuss your query or order at any time, via email or telephone. 

Here are answers to a few questions that you might find useful for your purchase.

Please contact me for anything else.

Adam Butler Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions

If I buy a print, will it go up in price?

I do not sell investments. I sell images which will bring pleasure, colour and light to your homes or office. I sell dreams. Art should never be seen as a financial investment, although in some (albeit vanishingly few) cases it can be. Please always think that you are buying a time slice of a place, a story, a crystallised illusion of a scene.

I strongly believe you cannot put a price on the pleasure that an artwork can give you. To me, asking this question is as meaningless as asking a musician if you’ll make a profit if you buy their album. You are asking of art the wrong question! As an investment in joy and happiness, I would like to say that buying an image of mine will pay you back many, many times over.

Bougainvillea, Terrace and Stromboli, acrylic print in brown wooden frame

In what limited editions are your works?

This is a huge subject that would fill a volume! Some photographers think that you should not sell more than editions of 10 or 20 prints in total. I’ve always thought this is an artificially strangulating restriction, after all the whole point of photography is that it is a reproduceable medium. The idea of limited edition only came into being when art galleries began to take an interest in photography in the 1980s, as a way to raise the prices! All of the great masters before this time, Ansel Adams, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Henri Cartier-Bresson, never had “editions” but they printed to fulfill demand, printing some images (such as Adams’ “Moonrise, Hernandez“), according to some reports, over 1,500 times. The world’s best selling photographer of recent times, Australian/American Peter Lik, prints in editions of 1,000; this certainly doesn’t seem to affect his sales, despite the (doubtless very jealous) naysayers.

I have therefore decided a happy medium and have set upon an edition number of 100 for my images. This enables me to keep the prices reasonable. In 30 years of selling prints, let me assure you that no-one has ever asked me about what “edition number” I sell in, however! NB the smallest print of each format – panoramic, standard, square or 2:1 – is in an open edition. This means the print is signed but not numbered.

My background in art history and also having worked with an old master gallery specialising in 17th century prints, means I know more this subject than anyone else. Some of this I wrote about in an article for a photography magazine – click to enlarge. (I’ll post the other pages once I find the magazine!)

Adam Butler, article on limited editions

Should I buy a framed or an unframed print?

If you live outside of Europe, then an unframed print is possibly a better idea. This means I can send you it rolled up in a hard carboard tube, and you will save on the high cost, and risk of damage, of shipping a framed print.

However, I have had my images printed and framed in labs in the US and in Australia for clients there, I so might be able to find a lab near to you – this means you can save on these shipping and import taxes, as well as saving a lot of time, as the print will be produced locally.

For anyone within Europe, I would recommend an acrylic glass mounted print, either with frame or without, as you will never find a more economical way to frame a print, and I love the final result of these.

I mainly use an excellent lab based in Germany, so shipping to anywhere in GB or the EU is without import taxes, and shipping to your door is fixed between GBP 30-60 even for large prints.

But this is of course purely personal choice. If you have a trusted framer, then I am happy to send you an unframed print.

Please note that I do not make any extra money on selling framed prints as opposed to unframed; my profit margin is based on the size of image and is irrespective of whether or not it is framed. You only pay the difference that it costs me to have it framed. This is why I recommend to order prints framed. See my framing page for more information on framing

 

Acrylic glass print with black oak floater frame

Are your works signed, and why are they signed with a logo on the images on this website?

If you order a print from me, it’ll be signed. If it’s an unframed print, I will sign (and number and title and date) it in the margin beneath the printed area. If it’s an acrylic glass print, there will be a faint signature in the lower corner, right or left, which you’ll only see if you’ll look very closely.

All of the images I post on social media have my name and © symbol embedded on them, as many of my images on this website will have too. This is because I have had so many images stolen, and even used commercially by unscrupulous people. I have found them printed as framed fine art prints in 2 different Italian restaurants in central London, I have found them printed on T shirts on sale in several places in the Aeolian Islands, I have found them being sold printed onto objects such as magnets for fridges, and I have found them used on the websites of many, many hotels and tourist operators in Sicily. And never once has anyone asked my permission, let alone paid me! This as I am sure you’ll agree, is unacceptable, but it is a sad reality of today’s world of sharing images on social media.

So I include my signature on everyone to try to discourage this. On your final acrylic glass print, there will be my embedded signature but it’ll be faint and only about 3cm wide, and of course without the © symbol.

 

 

Hamburg, Walnut 40mm

Is it safe to buy from this website?

This website uses Woo Commerce, and industry leading e-commerce solution. The payment comes via Stripe, which uses industry standard encryption. I cannot see your transaction details, nor do I see any of your other details, aside from the billing and shipping address that you choose to input. 

I only store the email addresses of people who chose to sign up to my mailing list. 

Let me assure you that hundreds of people have bought prints from me over 30 years, and dozens have also through this website. No-one has ever had a cause for complaint.

My reputation is worth far more than I could ever gain by not sending you a print, however large you order it!

 

Millennium Bridge and St Paul's, framed acrylic glass print, in interior

You claim your images are in ultra high resolution, what does this mean?

I like to think that I have always been a perfectionist. From my early days of photography, I used an exceptional camera called a Hasselblad, the same camera that was used on all of the Apollo Moon missions (albeit theirs was a little bit modified to be used by astronauts). The image quality of the 6 x 6cm negatives, was jaw-droppingly rich and luscious, and this became the standard I have always aspired to, although now I can far surpass it.

Although I have also used a Hasselblad digital camera, now I use Nikon cameras, which I think give the best image quality, and the lenses available for them, either Nikon or Zeiss, are unsurpassed.

My panoramas are shot by blending together up to 20 separate images, so the resulting file size, resolution and image detail is incredible. Even my standard format images are often shot by blending together 2 or 3 images captured with one of the 3 tilt-shift lenses I use, which eliminates all geometrical distortions. Blending together images, especially when using a tilt shift lens, is the same as using a hugely larger camera’s sensor. This is my preferred method of working, and always with a tripod. I rarely use zoom lenses, which cannot match the sharpness, especially in the corners, of fixed focal length lenses, which are called “prime lenses” for a reason.

So when I say “ultra high resolution” you can be assured that you will not find a more richly detailed image anywhere!

Iditella Rooftops, framed acrylic glass print, in interior

Adam Butler Prints

People have bought prints from me from all over the world, over the past 30 years.

Please feel free to contact me to discuss what might work well in your home or office.

If you send me an image of your room, I can superimpose with photoshop your choice of image onto your wall. Seeing it in context can help you decide better your frame choice as well as the size of image.

Adam Butler Panarea Panorama in acrylic glass framed