DAWSON CREEK, BC – Where do books come from? Donald A. Pettit has created a few, seven to be exact, but had not seen how they are made. Until his latest book, The Peace: a History in Photographs went to press recently at Friesen?s Printers in Altona, Manitoba.
?I had to go to Manitoba to proof the book as it was being printed because, with the technique in this book, you can?t tell how the pages will look until the pages come off the press. It was a fascinating experience,? said Pettit.
?This book is a collection of very old photographs and I wanted to keep that old look, so I chose a printing process called duo-tone. That?s black ink plus one other colour. The extra bit of colour ? I chose a brown ? gives the images a tone that is really beautiful.?
Friesens Corporation, a 100 year-old, employee-owned company, is one of Canada?s leading independent printers, specializing in high quality, photo and art book manufacturing and printing. Among many other notable projects, the company printed the Canadian editions of the Harry Potter series.
The Peace: A History in Photographs, is a beautifully designed, large format, 288 page hard cover book, with gold foil stamped dust jacket. There are more than 300 duo-tone photographs and 24 maps and illustrations. It chronicles the epic tale of the settlement of the Peace, from the first aboriginal inhabitants and explorers, through the land rush at the opening of the twentieth century, to the steamship era, the coming of rail and much more.
Pettit is well known as one of the region?s foremost commercial and landscape photographers and as the author of the Canadian best seller, The Peace: An Exploration in Photographs, which has sold more than 10,000 copies world wide. He has lived in the Dawson Creek area of the BC Peace Country for more than 30 years and is the owner of the multi media production company, Peace photoGraphics, specializing in public relations, marketing, print and web design, and publishing. The Peace: A History in Photographs is the company?s seventh book, and Pettit?s second personal book project.
The Peace: A History in Photographs
retails for $79.95 and will be
available in bookstores and other
retailers throughout the Peace
Country in September, along with
a companion DVD, or directly from
Peace photoGraphics by calling