LIMITED VS OPEN EDITIONS: Essentially these two are the main variations. Open Editions mean that there's no restriction on the number of works being produced. Limited means exactly what it says, it's limited. Some editions though are conceived so large that it's a bit unfair to call them limited. Though in the strictest terms of the word it's true that an edition of 5000 copies still is a limited edition, in reality it's pretty open.
Kurt Deruyter uses a very strict limitation: the big ones are in Editions of 7, the medium ones in 17 copies. I prefer to keep it very limited for two reasons. One, all prints are handmade. Contrary to machine printing where you just have to push a button to produce a second or n-th copy, making copies for me is still quite some work. So, if I have to make a large number of copies, I'll simply get bored. I prefer to make new pieces. The second reason is a respect towards the art buyer. You can argue about this, but to me, it feels more honest to give the buyer some exclusivity. I believe that a 'Kurt Deruyter' carries some kind of signature look. By limiting the series, I'm protecting both the look as your purchase.
CLASSIC EDITIONS: They're smaller, more affordable and finished in a more classic look with a matting board. But to preserve the quality standard and attention we give to every single Kurt Deruyter piece, we still limit the Edition to 27 pieces.
SPECIAL EDITIONS: these are for me very special works that were produced after sometimes a lot of experimentation and that demand an extraordinary investment of time and effort. For some of the products I made unique pieces of photography that cannot be reproduced (the diapositives e.g.). All these Special Editions come in very Limited numbers of 1 to 3 copies.
ARTIST PROOFS: These are prints that I made in the process of determining the right 'look' for the print. I keep them for future reference but I always state how many copies I kept just for transparency.