PHOTOGRAPHY UNTIL NOW
THE PAINTER'S EYE: The
Opening Reception: June 22nd,
Friday from 6-10pm
Photogravure is an intaglio
printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated
with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film
positive, and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that
can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph.
The earliest forms of photogravure were developed in the 1830s by the
original pioneers of photography itself, Henry Fox Talbot in England and
Nicéphore Niépce in France. They were seeking a means to make prints that
would not fade, by creating photographic images on plates that could then be
etched. The etched plates could then be printed using a traditional printing
press. These early images were among the first photographs, pre-dating
daguerreotypes and the later wet-collodion photographic processes.
Because of its high quality and richness, photogravure was used for both
original fine art prints and for photo-reproduction of works from other
media such as paintings.
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