Here is some information about Cooksey-Talbott and the photographic artwork that is available through the Cooksey-Talbott Gallery.

We strive to make archival prints of the highest possible quality with the finest materials. Prints and masters are created directly by the artist. This ensures the highest possible quality.

We make prints for the general public as well as for Interior Designers, Facilities Managers and Fine Art Distributors.

If you deal in or enjoy fine photography then you really should have some prints from Cooksey-Talbott in your collection!

Feel free to call us at 510-742-0548 to see how we can serve you!

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Published in Ansel Adams Polaroid Technique Manual
 
   
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Here is a short video where I talk about my life and my work both historical and recent. While it does not tell the whole story it hits the high points!

If you are interested in my work browse my video blogs and watch some of my videos and maybe you will feel a little more like you know me as a human being rather then just another faceless virtual entity.

This is all part of my efforts to communicate more personally over the Internet because I find the typing is not always the best way...

Sometimes a little bit of face time from the artist can make us all a little more comfortable with them and their artworks.
 
   
Cooksey in Bell Meadow near Dodge Ridge and Camp Blue

The Artist

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Technique Manual." Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since.

Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and at Santa Barbara City College.

Cooksey became a Certified Master Color Printer in the late 70’s. During this period he made many color prints for the late Galen Rowell at Faulkner's Color Lab in San Francisco.

Cooksey’s color printing skill is one thing that strongly sets his work apart from the many photographers who rely on color labs or service bureaus to print their work.

During Cooksey’s career as a commercial photographer he has served many national and international clients, including Hewlett Packard, Unix World Magazine, Red Lion Hotels, Chef Francisco Foods, Lindt-Stymeist Chinaware, Business Software Magazine, Briggs and Stratton, Park Plaza Hotels, Dreyers Ice Cream, Emporium-Capwell, Sunnyside Farms, The Pacific Cup and many others.

Ever since Cooksey came to California he has hiked high into the Sierra Nevada wilderness, carrying heavy cameras to capture scenes that are viewed by few people. The beauty of the High Sierra is unparalleled in its delicate splendor and Cooksey’s photographs capture these qualities and make them accessible to everyone.

 
   
 
Our Prints

The prints are made via the Giclee printing process (pronounced Zhee-clay), using Epson UltraChrome archival inks and a variety of archival papers and canvases.

We use the 7 color Epson 9600 printer that can produce prints up to 44" wide and 90+ inches in length.

The range of tones and density of the black in B&W and the gamut of available colors from Ink Jet printing is far superior to chemical photographic processes.

Ultra high resolution digitization of the original negatives allows Cooksey to spend hours burning, dodging, spotting and manipulating the color balance, tonal scale and content of the images.

Each image master receives about a day of pre-print production that becomes part of every print drawn from the master.

 
30 x 40 print of Mirror Lake Outlet on Canvas
 
 
Authenticity

All prints, scans and masters are made personally by Cooksey in his own facility in Fremont, California. The photos are shot with a Mamiya RB67 (6x7 cm) 4x5" view camera or Nikon D-200. Many of my images can be printed in the extra large sizes listed on my price schedule. Prints can be produced in custom sizes and presentations to fit your space and requirements. Please feel free to call and ask about custom work.

Our prints are of archival quality and have a life span in the 80+ year range. Compare this with color photographic prints made with contemporary processing machines which show significant fading in 20 years or less due to residual chemical contamination. Smell any color print and you will note the sharp pungent odor of the acid residue. Giclee prints are not made with toxic, acid-based chemicals. They are made with pigment based ink and high quality, acid-free art papers, so the archival permanence is high and the environmental impact is low.

Matted, or matted and framed, prints are nondestructively secured in the window mat package with 100% acid free artists tape. Laminated prints are permanantly affixed to their mount and covered with a luster surface water resistant laminate. Canvas prints are stapled to the strainer bars on the back.

All prints are made on premium papers and canvases with Epson UltraChrome archival inks.

Limited edition prints are signed and numbered and have a Certificate of Authenticity affixed to the backing of the mount. Laminated prints are signed on the back of the mount. Editions are seperated by the size of the print i.e. a 25x31 is from a different edition series then an 18x22.

Provinance is included with all Limited Edition works in the form of a signed legal Certificate of Authenticity for fine art multiples.

 
 
   Example of Certificate of Authenticity
 
     
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Where some of my customers are located
 
  Shipping and Return Policies

All shipments are carefully packaged in new shipping materials. Shipments are made using USPS Priority Mail and UPS to ensure the timely arrival of an intact package. Shipments are either insured through the USPS/UPS or self-insured for smaller orders. Our policy is that if a shipment is damaged in transit the item will be replaced immediately. If damage occurs just give us a call at 510-742-0548 and we will ship out a replacement. If the shipment is insured please notify the shipper so that the insurance can cover the damage.

 
     
   
 

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Fine art photography, free desktops and free e-cards of California by master nature photographer Cooksey-Talbott. Hundreds of beautiful photographs are displayed for sale online as raw or ready to hang images.

Cooksey-Talbott Gallery is an online e-commerce gallery of nature photographs. The collection includes pictures of the High Sierra, Ansel Adams Wilderness, Yosemite, Trinity Alps, Sonora Pass, Santa Barbara Hills, East Bay Hills and Garin Park as well as hundreds of different waterfalls. Many of the images are from medium and large format film taken with the Mamiya RB-67 and a variety of 4x5 view cameras. Some of the more recent work is shot with a Nikon D200 and a Canon 5D Mark II.

We offer archival quality prints in a wide variety of sizes and media. We print on a variety of heavy art papers and canvas using a Canon iPF8100 44 inch 12 color printer with pigmented inks.

Ralph Cooksey-Talbott Thomas has been working as a photographer since 1972 when he moved to California from Michigan. During the 1970’s he studied under Ansel Adams in Yosemite. Ansel published one of his photographs in the portfolio section of his book "Polaroid Land Photography" Ansel and Orah Moore, another of Ansel’s students, suggested that he shorten his name to Cooksey-Talbott, and that is the name he has worked under since. Cooksey also studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the San Francisco Academy of Art. He has lectured in photography at the U.C. Berkeley Extension, Studio One in Oakland and Santa Barbara City College. Cooksey is currently working as a new media artist and facilitating a photographic education and street level art outreach program through the Fremont Art Association in Fremont California.