At a small printing factory in eastern Tokyo a group of men are huddled over a number of seemingly identical pictures. They’re scrutinising different versions of a set of postcards that have been ordered for a new exhibition – “The Art of the Daimyo Tea Masters” – on the other side of town at the Nezu Art Museum. One of the print workers is standing at what looks like a music producer’s mixing desk, tweaking the colour balance and test-printing repeatedly until everyone agrees that the eight images, all printed on a single sheet, can’t be bettered…
Mamiko Arakawa stocks postcards for a new exhibition at the Nezu Art Museum
Tea artefacts at the Nezu
Mamiko Arakawa with postcard proofs
Postcards on press
Printer at Daito Bijutsu
Nezu card collections
Working on colour correction at Daito Bijutsu
Tate Modern’s Rosey Blackmore
Tate Modern’s bestselling postcards
Postcard of the Tate Modern building
Gift shop at MoMA
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