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Petit prints

— Tokyo


In an age of email the postcard is threatened in some quarters but not in the museum world, where they remain big business. Monocle meets the teams behind some of the world’s mini masterpieces.

Craft, Postcards, email, museum, threatened

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…


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