The photogravure process was developed in the 1870s and became famous for the beauty and quality of its intaglio prints. This is real, put on a proper apron and roll up your sleeves, printing. In outline, the process involves etching a photographic image into a plate which is then inked and put through the high-pressure rollers of an intaglio etching press, sandwiched with handmade or art paper. Prints can be produced using special inks of any colour.
The objectives of the course are for you to develop and practise contact photographic plate making skills; to be able to manage the exposure, development and printing of photopolymer plates; and to work to safe procedures.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
•Calibrate polymer plate exposure and produce a transparency for etching
•Expose, wash out and harden the polymer etching plates
•Prepare the paper, ink the polymer plate and successfully pull intaglio prints using an etching press
This course offers demonstrations and hands-on opportunity to explore this classic printing technique, from your own digital or printed photographic images. No prior experience is necessary.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Dr Peter Moseley is an experienced photographer and printmaker using the techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, including platinum printing and photogravure, salt and albumen, carbon transfer, kallitype and cyanotype printing. A qualified teacher, he has taught photography/printmaking workshops at universities and print centres in the UK and abroad.