The end of printing


2015 sees the end of printing at the Queen’s Printer. Established in 1859, the Queen’s Printer has served the province of British Columbia as the legislative printer for over 150 years. As of this year, the Queen’s Printer will no longer print in-house. The press room will be empty.

I have worked as a designer for the provincial government of British Columbia since 2006. In that time, I have lost count of the jobs that have been printed at QP. The number of printed jobs I produce each year has diminished, with more online delivery of communications materials, however, printing jobs across the street from my office has always been a regular part of my work experience.

All of that is changing. In February 2015, QP closes it’s press room. Although they will still act as brokers for printing through outside resources, Queen’s Printer will be a different place. The building across the street will seem strangely quiet without the repetitive clacking of the presses and hum of machinery.


One of the last jobs to run are the materials for this year’s budget. While this job was printing, I was able to make photos in the press room, documenting the end of an era. The last print run.

These photos are dedicated to the current generation of men and women who work in the QP press room on the last print runs. Thanks.
All photos captured with a Fujifilm X-E2 fronted with XF Fujinon lenses.

6 Replies to “A lasting impression”

  1. This is really well done Don. It choked me up a bit to think that QP presses will no longer run. I’ve also had countless jobs printed there and have always been impressed by the quality and care of QP staff. Thanks for taking the time to document this and share it with those of us who couldn’t be there to witness it.
    Susan vOQWN

    1. Thanks for your comment Susan. At least the photos were taken when the presses were still running. The press and bindery rooms are now silent. Very sad indeed.

  2. Should the Pulitzer folks instigate a category for ‘best photo-essay in a blog,’ I can guarantee this entry will warrant serious consideration. Whether or not it ultimately beats the inevitable ‘travelogue of saturated landscapes’ and ‘ode to my adorable cat’ entries is, alas, in the hands of the judges. But, for what it’s worth, you’ve got my vote…

    1. Thanks Egor! Appreciate the vote and the comment. Given that this is not a camera or lens review, I’m just happy to have people look it over. You know, it is a rewarding piece of work that isn’t necessarily rewarded.

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