Original print is an original work of art, while a reproduction is a printed representation of it (facsimile, copy). It is important not only for artists, but also for people who invest in art. Original prints are much more valuable than reproductions.
In many kinds of art it is simple to distinct original print from reproduction. But in case of e.g. photography, especially digital one, it can be very difficult. There can be multiple original prints, but they must fulfill some rules.
Usually these rules are:
- the master image (in case of photography) or stone (in case of sculpture) has to be created by the artist,
- the original prints should be hand-printed by the artist or under artist's supervision,
- each original print has to be approved and signed by the artist.
All the copies that don't fulfill those rules are reproductions.
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