Buying a Print from Adam

Hundreds of my cityscapes, panoramas, Mediterranean views and other images decorate the houses and offices of happy collectors from all over the world. 

My work has been bought by private, corporate and local 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.

Read about different framing options

Please contact me for anything else.

Adam Butler Gallery

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I buy a framed or an unframed print?

If you have a trusted framer, and if the image you would like to order is not large, then it might be logical to order an unframed print.

Also, if you live outside of Europe, then an unframed print is most likely a better idea. 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.

But for most people, I would recommend a framed print, as these are ready to hang on your wall, and are the most economical option.

I now prefer my images to be made as acrylic glass prints, as these offer the ultimate luscious tones and richness of detail. But traditional archival prints with a mount, wooden frame and glass have a real timeless beauty and look absolutely fantastic, but there is a limit on the size because of the glass. Acrylic glass prints can be made very large – up to 500cm wide!

Frameless acrylic glass prints have a 6mm acrylic layer on top. If you order with a frame it will be 2mm. See my framing page for more information.

I am based between the UK and Italy, so orders are done from either place. Shipping therefore to anywhere in GB or the EU is the same cost, and importantly without any import taxes or customs complications.

Shipping costs and delivery to your door ranges between £30-50 for small or standard size prints to £100-120 for larger format prints (prices as of November 2023 but are subject to change).

If you ar enot in UK or EU, I have had images printed and framed in my favoured way of acrylic glass prints in labs in the US and in Australia for clients there, so I 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. Contact me for details

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.

Basel 31mm section

OK, I want to order a print with a frame. Which is the nicest? And in what sizes are they? 

I use two frame styles. Basel and Hamburg. The Basel has a “shadow” gap of 9mm between the edge of the picture and the frame. The Hamburg does not. These both come in two sizes: Basel has 15mm and 31mm profile (front facing) width. The Hamburg has 20mm or 40mm profile width. See the framing page for more detailed information and wood/colour options. 

Standard format acrylic glass prints of up to and including 100cm long side are framed with the smaller profile width frames. Likewise for panoramic prints up to and including 150cm.

Larger standard format prints over 100cm are framed with the larger frame profile, as are panoramic format prints over 150cm width. The prices on the website reflect this. You can of course order a smaller print with a wider profile frame, it’ll just cost a bit more. Just let me know just before or even just after hitting “buy” button. 

An acrylic glass print, with no frame

An acrylic glass print, with no frame. Click to enlarge

How long will it take to get my print?

Normally just a matter of a few days.

If you order an unframed print, I can normally send it out to you within 3-4 days. If you live in London, you can pick it up – or I can deliver it to you – even more quickly.

Acrylic glass prints take normally about 10-12 working days to produce in the lab so delivery time is approximately 2 weeks. Framed giclée prints will take longer; it depends what size you order and how busy the framer is.

Please note I do not ship framed giclée prints, these are exclusively for local delivery in London. It is possible to have them shipped, but because of the glass it must be done by a specialist art shipping company which will add singificantly to the cost, please enquire for more information.

 

London Panorama over Marylebone at Sunset, 290 x 97cm framed acrylic glass print, in an interior

I’d like a print of 70 x 105cm, so in between the sizes and price options on the website. Do I have to go up one size and pay for a larger print size than I am ordering?

No, you don’t pay a bigger size! I will work out an exact cost for you – this will be on a linear sliding scale.

I’ll have to get a precise quote from the lab (sometimes their costs jump as you go larger in size based on materials cost) but rest assured it’ll be proportionate.

Please contact me in this case for a quote for your specific desired size of print.

 

Evening Panorama over Paddington and Edgware Road, acrylic glass print with Hamburg frame in an interior

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

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 on demand. Some classic images – such as Adams’ “Moonrise, Hernandez” – were printed over 1,500 times. Each of these are still highly sought after in galleries and at auctions today, not being in limited editions did nothing at all to their value or desirability.  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 as much of this subject as anyone. 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

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.

Acrylic glass print with black oak Basel 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 embedded signature in the lower corner, right or left, which you’ll see if you look closely. See image at right.

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, hotels and tourist operators in Sicily, and also on Mediterranean yacht charter companies. They used my images without asking my permission, let alone paying me. This, as I am sure you’ll agree, is unacceptable, but it is a sad reality of today’s world of digital imagery and social media.

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

 

 

Hamburg, Walnut 40mm

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

I’ve always liked my images to be very sharp and richly detailed. From my early days of photography, I used a Hasselblad camera, the same as was used on the Apollo Moon missions (albeit NASA asked for theirs to be a bit modified for use by astronauts with thick suits and gloves). 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 I have also used a Hasselblad digital camera, now I use Nikon mirrorless cameras, which are more portable, and I believe give the best image quality to cost ratio possible. The lenses available for the new mirroless Nikon mount are superlative.

My panoramas are shot by blending together up to 20 separate images, so the resulting file size, resolution and image detail is breathtaking. Blending together images, especially when using a tilt shift lens, is the same as using a much larger camera sensor. This is my preferred method of working, and always with a tripod. I also use mostly fixed focal length “prime” lenses, which give the greatest sharpness, and the fewest geometrical distortions

When I say “ultra high resolution” you can be assured that you will be left stunned by my richly detailed images and how they can be printed to several metres across and still retain all of their minute details with minimal graininess.

Iditella Rooftops, framed acrylic glass print, in interior

Will the colours of my print be the same as the colours on the website?

Mostly, yes. There is no need to worry.

However this is a thorny subject, because it’s not the colours on my website that you are looking at now, but the colours from images on my website that your monitor interprets. I use an expensive, calibrated monitor to edit my phootgraphs, and I know what I the image files I send to the lab, with embedded ICC profiles based on what type of print you choose, will turn out identically to what I see on my screen. But yours might be set up slightly differently, with tonal or luminance variations. I use Apple computers and monitors, and the Apple ecosystem of colours is as reliable and consistent as any. So even if you are looking at an image on an iPhone, it’ll be represented failthfully.

Wherever possible, I check the prints before sending them out. But aside from unframed giclée prints, it might not always be possible with acrylic mount prints for practical reasons, especially if you live far away from me. But rest assured I will re-print or refund the cost of any image that you might order which you think looks different from what you see on this website.

Framing a giclée print

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