'The Master Printer' is part of this year's CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto by f11project. This slideshow will be shown during the opening reception of the exhibit on May 8th at The Rivoli Lounge.
This series of photographs documents the craft of centuries-old tradition of hand printing at Taller Martin Pescador in Tacámbaro, Michoacán. A master Mexican printer, founder Juan Pascoe creates his books on a R. Hoe Washington handpress dated back to 1835. Each piece of type is hand set, each page is inked, laboriously printed by hand and hand sewn together. In stark contrast to today’s computer-based typography and printing, this old tradition has become a lost art.