Jan 25, 2007

Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing

nash-cover-small.jpgNash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing is a newly released book by Nash Editions partners Graham Nash and Mac Holbert.

While you certainly may know Graham as a member of the rock band Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young you may not realize that Graham is a passionate photographer. Nash Editions almost single handedly developed fine art digital printing. (see the PSN story about Nash’s PMDA Award)

Fine art digital printing was born in the beginning of 1990 when Graham and Mac took a hacksaw to a $125,000 Iris printer (and voiding the warranty) to get it to accept fine art papers. That printer is now on display at the Smithsonian.

This book uses thought-provoking essays and glorious artwork to sum up not only Nash Editions’ achievements but also the state of fine-art digital printmaking.


After a brief history of printmaking, you’ll reach the heart of the book: an essay by Holbert on the genesis of Nash Editions and fine-art digital printing (which details the studio’s interactions with major artists like David Hockney); an essay by MoMA consultant Henry Wilhelm (which includes a technical comparison of traditionally and digitally prepared prints); and commentary from Nash Editions artists. The book’s more than 100 illustrations include Nash Editions artwork, photos of artists in the studio, images of the machines used in digital printing, and illustrations of the proofing process.


Essay by Richard Benson

Example images from the book.

Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing
By Nash Editions
Published by New Riders
ISBN-10: 0-321-31630-4; ISBN-13: 978-0-321-31630-1
Published: Dec 12, 2006; Copyright 2007
Dimensions 9 X 10-1/2; Pages: 250; Edition: 1st.
List price $50.00


  • Introduction – Graham Nash
  • The History of Nash Editions – R. Mac Holbert
  • The Four Stages of Photography – Richard Benson
  • A History of Permanence in Traditional and Digital Color Photography: The Role of Nash Editions – Henry Wilhelm
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Acknowledgements
  • Index

R. MAC HOLBERT is a photographer and co-founder of Nash Editions. Prior to his work with Nash Editions, he was tour manager for Crosby, Stills & Nash; Peter, Paul & Mary, and Carole King. Holbert has lectured extensively and conducted workshops on digital output, digital imaging, and fine-art printing on Iris and Epson large-format printers. Under his supervision, Nash Editions is a beta tester for Epson America, Inc. and other software and hardware manufacturers.

GRAHAM NASH is a lifelong photographer and co-founder of the rock group Crosby, Stills & Nash. While best known as a musician—Nash first became famous as a member of The Hollies during the British Invasion of the mid-1960s. He has also pursued a parallel career as a photographer, collector, and digital imaging pioneer. His photographs have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions in numerous museums and galleries. A retrospective book of his photographic work, Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash, was published in 2004.

Edited by Garrett White, founder of Five Ties Publishing, Inc., New York, has edited and produced numerous books on photography and fine art, including American Photography: A Century of Images, Eye to Eye: Photographs by Graham Nash, and Forbidden Art: The Postwar Russian Avant-Garde. He is the former director of publications at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.


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One Response to “Nash Editions: Photography and the Art of Digital Printing”

  1. pamelap Says:

    Nash Editions was published by New Riders, an imprint of Peachpit. Books can also be ordered through the Peachpit web site at

    Ok, it’s shameless plug, but the reception to the book has been exceptional. We hosted an hour-long talk by Graham and Mac at the recent Macworld Expo to a standing room-only crowd. And it wasn’t just Nash groupies who came the the chat. Most of the attendees were photographers themselves hoping to glean insight into fine-art digital printing.

    It’s a great book. My only regret is that I wasn’t its editor!

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