Our photopolymer gravure workshop combines the best of two worlds: printmaking and photography.
The photogravure process, developed in the 1870s, involved etching a photographic image into a copper plate, from which prints could then be produced. The modern equivalent – photopolymer gravure - replaces the copper plate with a photosensitive polymer plate, making the process faster and easier to learn, as well as reducing the maker’s exposure to hazardous chemistry.
This two day course will focus on making prints from pre-made photopolymer plates, as well as providing an overview of the platemaking process:
-Calibrating polymer plate exposure
-Producing the digital transparency
-Exposing, washing out and hardening the polymer plate
-Preparing the paper, inking the polymer plate and pulling the print
-Drying and protecting the print
You will be able to make gravure prints from at least three of your own photographic images, which you will need to send to us via email ahead of the workshop.
No prior experience of intaglio printing or Photoshop is required. All materials will be provided.
2 day workshop with Dr Peter Moseley
£265 + £25 materials fee
March 9-10, 2019
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Dr Peter Moseley is an experienced photographer and printmaker using the techniques and processes of the nineteenth century, including photogravure, platinum, salt and albumen, carbon transfer, kallitype and cyanotype printing. He specialises in combining digital and analogue technologies and has exhibition entries shown at national and regional galleries, including the National Portrait Gallery, the Royal Society of Printmakers Painters, the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists and the Royal West of England Academy. He is an experienced and qualified teacher and has taught photography/printmaking workshops at universities, colleges and print centres in the UK and in Russia and China. He has workshop and printmaking facilities in Chichester and regularly teaches in London at Lux Darkroom.
'Diana', Photopolymer gravure
© Peter Moseley