Beth Ganz

Beth Ganz

New York, NY
Brambles, Photogravure
5.75 x 17.25

Photogravure is a very labor intensive, multi-step process that yields a true continuous tone photograph etched in copper. Once the plate is made the printing process is much the same as for any intaglio plate. For this image I used Charbonnel 70313 Black ink, with a few drops of Charbonnel Light Plate Oil.
Warm the plate and wipe with a fine soft tarlatan, finish by hand wiping. Brambles is printed on Tiepolo by Fabriano.

Photogravure evolved as a result of experimentation during the 19th century with photography, in a search for permanence and reproductilibity. For a recipe or more specifically, directions for making a photogravure plate, I suggest the book, “Copper Plate Photogravure, Demystifying the Process” by David Morrish and Marlene MacCallum. You can see a step-by-step demonstration on Paul Taylor’s site, www.renaissancepress.com. For more information please also refer to www.photogravure.com and home.earthlink.net/~lotharosterburg.