I’ve always been fascinated by the mystery surrounding the Titanic. And no, not talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio version -although I still get very emotional when I hear Celine Dion at work… So, what could make a Titanic story even better? How about some beautiful letterpress books and a lovely process video! ‘Albert, Ernest & the Titanic’ is a letterpress printed book which tells the story of Titanic’s on board printers as they travel on her doomed maiden voyage. Shot one evening during the final stages of production on location at Distillers Press, NCAD, Dublin.
The year 2012 marks the centenary of the foundering of the R.M.S. Titanic in the Atlantic ocean, a disaster in which over 1500 lives were lost. ‘Albert, Ernest & the Titanic’ tells the story of the ship’s ill-fated on board printers, Abraham ‘Albert’ Mishellany and Ernest Corbin as they travel on the ship’s doomed maiden voyage.
At the time of the disaster most of the surviving ephemera was created by these men, having acted as designers and printers for many items produced on board. They were responsible for the ship’s restaurant menus, stationery, note pads, programmes of events, crew and passenger’s calling cards, tickets etc. This book celebrates these men and through a series of forty linocut illustrations we are drawn into a deceptively familiar narrative, but this time from the point of view of the printers.
The men had worked together before joining the crew of Titanic as they were both previously employed as the printers on Titanic’s sister ship, Olympic.