ArH Internship: David Grant Best

Anne showing me how to make an envelope.

Last week I learned how to make a box. However, making somewhat bulky boxes can be very cost-ineffective to the cardboard, and when you have large print pieces such as Portrait of a Racetrack by David Grant Best, which is a very heavy, large, dense portfolio. A cardboard box would not be a very effective idea for this particular piece, so instead, I learned how to make an envelope now that our acid-free archival paper came in. Samantha gave us some diagrams for different kinds of envelopes, so Anne and I were learning the best approach together.


It was really an enjoyable challenge. There really is a







Measuring in preparation for making envelope

The first time around took pretty much the whole day, but, like all things, the more I do this, the quicker it will go.


All done!

Now for the History I Helped Preserve

David Grant Best and his work can be viewed on the website here. David Grant Best was born 1950. His medium consist of silver and gelatin prints.

Portrait of a Racetrack’s significance was that it was the swansong for the historic horse racetrack, Long-acres before its closing. This was Grant’s first book and it was a photographical record of the end of an era. This, like many of Grant’s preferred subjects, was about rural life, something that I believe get’s overlooked by urban populations to a severe fault.


When I was doing more research on him, I came across another very beautiful portfolio that he collaborated with Brooks Jensen on, Tangerine Gifts, which is a series of gelatin prints on rural Japan.


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