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Copper Plate Photogravure: Demystifying the Process 1st Edition

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Book Description

Photogravure arguably remains one of the most beautiful image making processes!

About the Author

David Morrish is a professor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland and past head and chair of the Visual Arts Program. He teaches all levels of photography, and has taught several senior level students the photogravure process. He has also taught and worked with alternative photographic processes such as cyanotype and gum bichromate printing. His photographic and photogravure work has been shown across Canada and internationally, and he has been supported by several Canada Council Grants.
Marlene MacCallum is a professor at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University of Newfoundland and past chair of the Visual Arts Program. Her primary teaching area is printmaking, all media and levels, and her secondary areas are introductory photography and drawing. She has taught the photogravure process to several senior level students and in workshops. She lectures and exhibits nationally and internationally. Her photogravure prints and book works have won a variety of awards, including the Grand Prize at the first International Contemporary Print Biennial in Trois-Rivières, Quebec and Honorable Mention from the Nexus Book Prize in Atlanta, Georgia.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (April 3, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240805275
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240805276
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.5 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #765,242 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This new book on the process of photogravure is very well done. It's basic technique is very similar to Deli Sacilotto's now out of print (and almost impossible to find) book. However, Morris and MacCallum have added many useful hint and detailed steps. They have also included a wealth of step by step photographs, and a trouble shooting section at the end of each chapter. With all the variables that can (and always do) creep into the photogravure process, these trouble shooting sections could be very useful. Photogravure is a very complicated process, but, as the title of this book suggests, it should help to sort out a lot of the mystery. This is the most useful book I have read on photogravure, and, heck, it's the only one in print right now!
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This book is very detailed, technical and complex. If you're seriously considering exploring the photogravure technique on copper, this book is a must. It tells you everything you will ever need and all the complicated steps in the process. However, there are few historical or contemporary photogravure reproductions which is why this book gets only a four star rating from this reviewer. If you are seriously considering the photogravure process as one you would like to explore, I recommend starting with solar plates rather than copper. It is much less complicated and toxic. A very good resource is "Printmaking in the Sun" (2001) by Dan Welden, inventor of this method.
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This is a well-written and well-illustrated book that exposes the secrets of copper plate photogravure. This is a traditional process, pretty much as used by practitioners in the late nineteenth century. Copper plate photogravure is toxic, and is a time intensive process filled with dangers of failure every step of the way. Which is why photopolymer photogravure has been ascendant because of its low toxicity and relatively uncomplicated processes.

The authors provide step-by-step checklists for what to do for every part of the process. Also included are detailed appendices covering safety considerations, making the dot screen, a discussion on choice of printing inks, and suppliers of materials. If you have had any experience with other photo-mechanical printing, and you have the facilities, you can probably dive right in, but a workshop would really be recommended to fully understand this process.
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This is the most modern and comprehensive book on photogravure. Many of the old manuals talk about suppliers that don't exist or use obsolete technical terms.

This is an incredibly complicated process, so don't expect to buy this book and start making photogravures in a couple of days. That being said if you have time, space, equipment, and money this book will walk you through the process of photogravure.

I've managed to make a few passable photogravures, and I'm getting better with every attempt!
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