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 introduce students to all the key aspects of the process including:
-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
Members will be able to make gravure prints from at least three of their own photographic images, from film negatives, photographic prints or digital files.
No prior experience of intaglio printing or Photoshop is required. All materials will be provided.
2 day workshop with Peter Moseley
March 11-12, 2017
£250 + £20 materials fee
Peter Moseley is a qualified teacher with over forty years’ experience as a photographer. He has an MA in Printmaking from Brighton University and is currently halfway through a PhD research project at the Centre for Fine Print Research, UWE. He has exhibited at solo and group shows and recent photogravure work has been shown at the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers open exhibition in London and at the Royal West of England Academy in Bristol.
To book a place, please email
'Diana', Photopolymer gravure
© Peter Moseley