Meet Edition One

Edition One Books works with design professionals, photographers, artists and other creative types to manufacture short-run books of unmatched quality and customization. We are focused on building long-term relationships with our customers, and strive to offer a more personalized self-publishing and book production service.

Our wide selection of fine materials, combined with our beautiful printing, truly custom formatting, and hands-on personal service allow our customers to create the books they envision. Edition One's California production facility maintains a unique array of in-house capabilities. Our books are the result of hand made craftsmanship combined with the most innovative and proven machinery available.

Edition One was founded in 2007 by Ben Zlotkin a few years after he completed his MFA in Photography. Ben's own search for high quality custom made photography books during his graduate studies was the catalyst for starting Edition One Books. Initially called Edition One Studios, the plan was to have an art gallery with a small book making component. Edition One had exactly one photography show, but the book making component took off.

Today our company is staffed by a small group of graphic and visual arts professionals. Most of us have formal training in the visual arts. Currently, we have staff members who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute, the California College of the Arts, and the Rhode Island School of Design. All of us strive to make the best custom books available. From the press operator checking color consistency, to the person foil stamping book covers, everyone here knows what a well made book should look and feel like, and they do their part to ensure things are done correctly.


 
  Ben   Founder & Owner of Edition One   Ben started Edition One after earning his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). When not spending quality time with bookbinding machinery or pestering employees, Ben is often with his family and their two furry dogs. He is also an avid road cyclist and amateur sailor, and professional cookie eater.

Ben
Founder & Owner of Edition One

Ben started Edition One after earning his MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). When not spending quality time with bookbinding machinery or pestering employees, Ben is often with his family and their two furry dogs. He is also an avid road cyclist and amateur sailor, and professional cookie eater.


  Marie   General Manager & Marketing Manager   Marie is a German photographer who grew up in Montana and Germany. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and currently resides in Oakland. In her free time you can find her working on her art, rock climbing, practicing Kundalini Yoga, or in the mountains on skiis or foot. Marie has fostered over 20 cats and kittens.

Marie
General Manager & Marketing Manager

Marie is a German photographer who grew up in Montana and Germany. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and currently resides in Oakland. In her free time you can find her working on her art, rock climbing, practicing Kundalini Yoga, or in the mountains on skiis or foot. Marie has fostered over 20 cats and kittens.

  Dierdre   Production Manager   Dierdre is a conceptual artist from Richland, WA. She enjoys summer nights, swimming in the ocean, baking savory breads, and visiting large geological formations. Spot her in the wild by her inky black eyeliner and year-round love of shorts.

Dierdre
Production Manager

Dierdre is a conceptual artist from Richland, WA. She enjoys summer nights, swimming in the ocean, baking savory breads, and visiting large geological formations. Spot her in the wild by her inky black eyeliner and year-round love of shorts.

 
  Polina   Prepress & Customer Service Lead   Polina studied printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and lived in Brooklyn for most of her life. Living in the Bay Area, she misses the delicious bagels and ubiquitous corner stores of her home town, but not the weather. She loves drawing, sewing, the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, sometimes baking festive desserts, and being a passenger on beautiful drives (she strongly dislikes driving).

Polina
Prepress & Customer Service Lead

Polina studied printmaking at Rhode Island School of Design and lived in Brooklyn for most of her life. Living in the Bay Area, she misses the delicious bagels and ubiquitous corner stores of her home town, but not the weather. She loves drawing, sewing, the Atlantic and the Pacific oceans, sometimes baking festive desserts, and being a passenger on beautiful drives (she strongly dislikes driving).

  Rachel   Digital Press & Color Management Lead   Rachel is originally from the East Coast and studied photography at California College of the Arts (CCA). When she’s not printing books at Edition One, you can find her trail running with her dogs, riding horses, and collecting vintage goodies.

Rachel
Digital Press & Color Management Lead

Rachel is originally from the East Coast and studied photography at California College of the Arts (CCA). When she’s not printing books at Edition One, you can find her trail running with her dogs, riding horses, and collecting vintage goodies.

  Molly   Foil Stamping & Hardcover Lead   Molly studied Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and lives in beautiful Oakland, California. She loves very young mammals, eating pasta and science fiction. She has a deformed pinky toe and has never been able to keep a house plant alive.

Molly
Foil Stamping & Hardcover Lead

Molly studied Printmaking at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) and lives in beautiful Oakland, California. She loves very young mammals, eating pasta and science fiction. She has a deformed pinky toe and has never been able to keep a house plant alive.

 
  Ian   Binding & Maintenance Specialist   Ian studied literature and lives in Oakland, CA. He enjoys cooking for friends, playing music, drawing, reading, and taking his dog Kassie for late night walks.

Ian
Binding & Maintenance Specialist

Ian studied literature and lives in Oakland, CA. He enjoys cooking for friends, playing music, drawing, reading, and taking his dog Kassie for late night walks.

  Erika   Press Specialist & Prepress Assistant   Erika is a Santa Cruz native who graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in print making. She now lives in Oakland, spending her time outside of making books pursuing her career as an artist and talking to her house plants. She swears it really does help them grow.

Erika
Press Specialist & Prepress Assistant

Erika is a Santa Cruz native who graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in print making. She now lives in Oakland, spending her time outside of making books pursuing her career as an artist and talking to her house plants. She swears it really does help them grow.

  Cathy   Hardcover Specialist & Production Assistant   Cathy enjoys various forms of art from performance to crafts. In her spare time she restores her lion head and practices lion dancing. Besides speaking English she can speak Vietnamese fluently, and Japanese and Spanish conversationally. She has also studied Arabic, Russian and ASL. She hopes to become more fluent in the languages she has learned through travel.

Cathy
Hardcover Specialist & Production Assistant

Cathy enjoys various forms of art from performance to crafts. In her spare time she restores her lion head and practices lion dancing. Besides speaking English she can speak Vietnamese fluently, and Japanese and Spanish conversationally. She has also studied Arabic, Russian and ASL. She hopes to become more fluent in the languages she has learned through travel.

 
  Chris   Binding & Production Assistant   Chris is a Bay Area native who also apprentices at a tattoo shop on the Peninsula. He enjoys painting, caring for plants, and playing with dogs. Once in a blue moon, you might find him getting funky on the dance floor.

Chris
Binding & Production Assistant

Chris is a Bay Area native who also apprentices at a tattoo shop on the Peninsula. He enjoys painting, caring for plants, and playing with dogs. Once in a blue moon, you might find him getting funky on the dance floor.

  Bodhi   Canine Motivational Lead   Bodhi loves coming to work more than anyone you’ll ever meet. He’s a rescued Catahoula / Pit Bull Terrier mix and loves giving out free tongue baths. Bodhi enjoys fetch more than anything, even food. Ball is life. He also loves belly rubs, playing tug-of-war with his brother, Leo, and lounging in the sunny office at Edition One.

Bodhi
Canine Motivational Lead

Bodhi loves coming to work more than anyone you’ll ever meet. He’s a rescued Catahoula / Pit Bull Terrier mix and loves giving out free tongue baths. Bodhi enjoys fetch more than anything, even food. Ball is life. He also loves belly rubs, playing tug-of-war with his brother, Leo, and lounging in the sunny office at Edition One.

  Leo   Canine Motivational Assistant   Leo thinks he is a big dog. He’s a rescued Jack Russell / Fox terrier mix, a whopping 15lbs of pure charismatic joy. His favorite pastimes are playing ‘keep away’ or ‘chase me’ with his big brother, Bodhi, making beds out of the recycling bin, and sightseeing out of the sunny office window at Edition One.

Leo
Canine Motivational Assistant

Leo thinks he is a big dog. He’s a rescued Jack Russell / Fox terrier mix, a whopping 15lbs of pure charismatic joy. His favorite pastimes are playing ‘keep away’ or ‘chase me’ with his big brother, Bodhi, making beds out of the recycling bin, and sightseeing out of the sunny office window at Edition One.