Photogravure – intaglio printing from photographic images with Peter Moseley

Photography and digital image manipulation

Ref: S3D11325

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About this course

Learn to make intaglio gravure (photo-etching) prints from your own photographic images. Develop and make photopolymer plates, before inking and printing using an etching press.

Course Description

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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials, including photopolymer plates, printing paper, printing ink and transparency film.

What students need to bring

  • You need to prepare a selection of digital or printed photographic images to work with – these will need to be emailed as digital files to the tutor, via the, at least two weeks before the course, to enable him to complete some preparatory work on the digital files prior to the course.
  • Guidance for preparing images to email to the tutor:
  • Black & whilte or colour files in any format that is convenient for you, e.g. JPEG, TIF, PSD or RAW. Each file should be 2mb minimum – the larger the file size the better, and nothing under 2000 pixels along the longest side.
  • You may also bring analogue film negatives, which the tutor can scan during the course, or photographic prints (these can be colour or black and white, no larger than A4 size. They must not be photocopies or newspaper prints).
  • A laptop, may be useful if you have one, plus a camera or phone device to record the process
  • A selection of your own photographic prints (any type), for general discussion
  • An overall and covered footwear
  • Notebook and pen

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Different types of art papers for printing
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Peter Moseley

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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