Copper Plate Photogravure.
Demystifying the Process.

Text by David Morrish and Marlene MacCallum.
Focal Press, Woburn, 2003. 224 pp., 150 black-and-white illustrations, 8¼x11¾".

From the outset, the authors state that "photogravure is a difficult and elusive photo-imaging technique." Developed as early as the 1850s and used throughout the 20th century in photography books, photogravures combine the subtlety of a photograph with the richness of an intaglio print. From the hands of master craftsmen, the results are breathtaking. This welcome new book presents a clear outline of the steps involved in this truly exquisite craft. "The range of possibilities of ink color and paper qualities is endless. The potential for hand work and alteration of the copper plate provides yet another realm of expressive variation. When manipulated it can be transformed by the artist's hand into something unattainable by any other means."-from the text.

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