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September 30th, 2006

Sotheby’s to Auction Signed Steichen Supplement

On October 6, 2006 Sotheby’s will auction (Photographs Sale No. 08227 – Lot 30) a rare inscribed and signed copy of ‘The Steichen Supplement’ (30,00 – 50,000 USD).

Lot description: (New York: Alfred Stieglitz, 1906), the complete issue, illustrated with 16 photogravures and halftones after the photographs of EDWARD STEICHEN, 15 plates signed by the photographer in pencil in the plate margin or on the page mount, the photogravure entitled ‘Road into the Valley—Moonrise’ hand-toned by the photographer and signed and dated by him in yellow pencil on the mount; the issue signed, dated, and inscribed ‘With the sincere compliments of Eduard Steichen Paris 1909’ by the photoCameraWork_SS_07.jpggrapher in pencil on the front free endpaper. 4to, original printed gray wrappers, in a matching gray board portfolio, 1906
 
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September 17th, 2006

Figge Art Museum Exhibits ParkeHarrison Gravures

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“The Architect’s Brother” features 42 large-scale photographs made by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, many of which are photogravure prints.  The exhibit runs through Oct. 29 at the Figge Museum of Art, in Davenport, Iowa.

 
"Images of a man blowing pollen off a mammoth flower, producing clouds in a pit or bandaging branches to a dying tree may seem the result of simple manipulation of digital photos. Yet curator Michelle Robinson said viewers are often shocked to hear the truth: Nothing in the photographs is computer generated."
 
Read review by Katie Vaughn in the Quad-City Times.

September 16th, 2006

New Work Posted: Expostition d’Art Photographique, 1895

In 1894 the Photo-Club of Paris (‘Photo-Club de Paris’) with Constant Puyo, Robert Demachy, René Le Begue, Hachette and De Singly held its first exhibition the ‘Première exposition d’art photographique’. This virtual exhibition contains all the plates printed as photogravures in the catalogue of the second exhibition that took place in 1895; the ‘Deuxième exposition d’art photographique’.
 
Within this exhibition there are some well known names such as Alfred Stieglitz from the USA and the founders of the Photo Club, Constant Puyo, Robert Demachy and René Le Begue but the key point is to appreciate the international flavor for the pictorialists in the 1890s. The photographers represented in the catalogue are from France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, England, Scotland, Austria and the USA while others from Italy, Germany and Switzerland were included in the hung exhibition.
 
Hans Watzek (1848-1903) and Hugo Henneberg (1863-1918) from Austria would go on to found the ‘The Clover Leaf’ (‘Das Kleeblatt’ or ‘Trifolium’) society of pictorialist photographers with Heinrich Kühn in 1896. Although many of the photographers listed are relatively unknown J. Craig Annan (1864-1946) was a masterful Scottish photographer and in the 1890s he printed the photographs of David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson. Also of note is Baron Adolph de Meyer who became one of the greatest of the early fashion photographers and was the chief photographer at Vogue in the USA for many years.
 
The history of photography has not been kind to many people and most of the photographers shown here are now forgotten but we should resist using modern viewpoints to judge the talents of these amateurs. They were involved in a movement that fundamentally changed the course of artistic photography.

 

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Alan Griffiths, Luminous-Lint
 

September 14th, 2006

Photogravure.com launches!

Welcome to Photogravure.com, the first web site devoted exclusively to the lost art of the hand-pulled photogravure.

Please take your time to explore all that we have to offer. If you like what you see, link to us and help spread the word.  If you have some information that you think would benefit this site, please contact us.  We are especially seeking news items for this blog.

It is our hope that this site will enable photogravure to achieve the status that it deserves as one of the most beautiful and important of the photographic processes. We also hope that in this digital age photogravure practitioners will be appreciated for their dedicated craftsmanship and limitless passion for their art.

Thanks for visiting.

September 12th, 2006

Luminous-Lint highlights photogravure

The Luminous-Lint web site, created by Alan Griffiths, is a rapidly growing comprehensive survey of the history of photography.  Recently – with the help of photogravure.com, Mack Lee, David Spencer and Jon Goodman – Alan has highlighted the photogravure proccess and the important role it has played in the history of photograhy.