The Private Presses of New Mexico

Into the Present

By the 1970s a broadening of cultural activities in New Mexico and a nationwide revival of the printing arts breathed new life into the private press movement. At least five more presses made their debut here during the decade, and still others followed in the ensuing years. Some came from other parts of the country to join the small community of independent publishers and introduced a whole new level of sophistication in both subject matter and artistry of the book. Others, in response to a changing New Mexico, focused on preserving the best of its literary past.

Although letterpress was still the preferred method of printing, some book artists began to use photographic methods. As the work continues, they seek new ways to combine hand techniques with electronic technology to produce beautiful books.

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