Printing and distribution sounds like a formality, but for projects involving Russia it’s a key component. For example, an exhibition in St Petersburg may involve a contractual commitment by the UK partner to produce a catalogue to a fairly tight schedule, making it impossible to print abroad and import into Russia. Fontanka has worked for many years with excellent printers in Russia to avoid the danger of books being caught up in customs. We’ve even been known to run relays to the St Petersburg printer on the day of an exhibition opening to ensure the books make it on time! For projects not based in Russia, we generally print in Europe or Singapore, depending on the specific requirements and timing.
Our books are distributed in Europe, Russia and the Far East by Thames and Hudson, and in North America by Antique Collectors Club. Fontanka is one of only about 30 publishers, including British Museum Press, MOMA, the Museum of Fine Art Boston and the Royal Academy, to be distributed by T&H, the UK’s leading art publisher. We can therefore guarantee that our books reach a wide market both through conventional means of distribution, and through exponents of the digital marketplace such as Amazon.