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KLEIDER MACHEN LEUTE: Gutenberg's heritage with bow tie and tailored suit

14.03.2018 | 09:43 Clock | People
KLEIDER MACHEN LEUTE: Gutenberg's heritage with bow tie and tailored suit
KLEIDER MACHEN LEUTE: Gutenberg's heritage with bow tie and tailored suit

The campaign KLEIDER MACHEN LEUTE continues in 2018. This month, the initiators Stephan Görner and Sven Müller have chosen the profession of the printer as a motif for the extraordinary photo series. The Rhine-Main region is closely associated with this profession, since Johannes Gutenberg, the father of letterpress printing, came from beautiful Mainz. When he revolutionized letterpress printing in 1450 and invented the printing press, this new method made it easier for many people to copy texts by hand. At the time, Gutenberg's letterpress art included the use of movable type and a hand-casting instrument, as well as the development of a particularly workable alloy of tin, lead, and antimony and an oil-based black ink.

This form of printing is, of course, long gone. Today, the profession is far more technical. Petros Selpesis can only confirm this. The trained printer at the Frankfurter Societäts-Druckerei is responsible for ensuring that newspapers such as the Frankfurter Neue Presse with all its sub-issues, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, BILD Frankfurt, Die Zeit or Mix come off the press fresh and on time on Wednesday and are available to readers for breakfast.

"The newspapers are produced in web offset, using the flat printing process," explains the native Greek. "To do this, we receive digitally finished files from the publisher or the editorial offices. These files are now separated into the colors used in printing, cyan, magenta, yellow and black, with the help of software. The separated colour separations are then each exposed on an aluminium printing plate. This produces four exposed printing plates for a full-color newspaper page, which can then be printed in the desired colors. Selpesis had already read a lot about the "Kleider machen Leute" campaign in the Frankfurter Neue Presse and immediately agreed when the editors' request came for a printer to implement a new motif.

The campaign "Kleider machen Leute" (Clothes make people) has established itself in the Main metropolis and is already being implemented in its fourth year. Since 2015, twelve people with extraordinary professions have been photographed in tailored suits every year. Recognition, appreciation and respect for these women and men are the message that the initiators Stephan Görner and Sven Müller want to achieve. "Every month a new motif of a different occupational group is published and presented to the public" says Sven Müller. At the photo shoot in the studio of Frankfurt's well-known photographer Nikita Kulikov, Selpesis changed his work clothes into a dark blue tailored suit with white block stripes and a white tailored shirt with matching bowtie. He is allowed to keep this outfit by tailor Stephan Görner as a reward for the work he has done. Privately, the father of three children, who is a fan of Borussia Mönchengladbach, likes to wear nice suits on special occasions or nice events.

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