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Giles Prett was born in the North of England in 1971. At the age of 6 he joined his father on weekend trips to visit and photograph local preserved steam railways, borrowing one of his fathers’ cameras to document the trip. By the age of 9 he not only had his own SLR camera, but was already learning to print black & white photographs in his fathers’ darkroom in the basement of the family home. After high school Giles continued his passion and studied Fine Art Photography at the University of Derby (England) where he earned a B.A. (hons) in 1993.
Finding work in the photographic industry was hard, but at the age of 25, Giles took a job as a photographer in the cruise line industry. Though far from his formal training, he found this experience invaluable in learning how to work with people whilst also gaining access to some of the most beautiful places around the world, from the Caribbean islands to St. Petersburg, Russia. While working on the cruise ships he met his wife-to-be, who would be his reason for settling in New England in 1998.
After moving to the U.S. he found work as the staff photographer for a small independent publishing company specializing in gardening and outdoor living books. During this time, as digital imaging and printing technologies became more available, his fascination with the technology drove him to learn the pre-press side of the business including color management and wide format inkjet printing.
Later, he continued to pursue his fascination with digital imaging and took a job developing museum grade fine art and photographic inkjet papers at a Massachusetts paper manufacturer. In 2006, on a chance encounter with someone who would become a key influence in his digital printing, Giles met Scott (Steve) Saltman of American Inkjet Systems in New Jersey. This developed into a lifelong friendship which would influence both their lives in ways neither could have imagined. Both were ex-professional photographers and both were obsessed with finding and harnessing the true potential of digital printing.
Today, Giles’ photography is primarily a personal escape as his career has evolved into other technical fields. However, his passion for printmaking and photography continue to inspire him to create new works and where possible, share in knowledge and passion for digital printing by teaching others the art.