Photogravure with Lothar Osterburg
at Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY & Center for Photography, Woodstock NY
Session I: July 5-7
Session II: July 8-10
The first day will be held at the Center for Photography in Woodstock where students will use CPW’s exceptional digital lab to prepare the film positives for gravure prints. The next two days will be at WSW where we will expose plates and print.
While photogravure is a continuous tone photographic etching process, it also can be used to translate drawings better than any other printmaking technique, beautifully keeping the range of values. Its photographic qualities and tonality range exceed those of a regular silver print by far. Photogravure has an almost three dimensional, sculptural quality. The blacks in particular have a richer, non-reflective, velvety surface. The tonalities are achieved by etching a copper plate gradually from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights. The finished plate is printed like an etching, on a heavy rag paper. Students will leave this class with the tools to continue working independently on photogravure printing.