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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 14th, 2006 launches!

Welcome to, 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.

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May 3rd, 2006

AG publishes ‘Fine Print Photogravure’

AG, The International Journal of Photographic Art and Practice has published an article in its Spring 2006 issue, Number 43, entitled Fine Print Photogravure.

Written by Matt Baily, the article offers a brief overview of the history and technique of photogravure and the compelling reasons that many master photographers are turning to it before the much more accessible digital options available today.

Matt currently works with one of today’s leaders in photogravure printing, Paul Taylor at the Renaissance Press.

May 1st, 2006

Christie’s holds its first rare photobook auction


Acknowledging the rapidly growing interest in rare photobooks, Christie’s is holing its first ever photo book auction (RARE PHOTOBOOKS, Sale 7228 May 18, 2006, London, King Street). 

The sale contains many fine examples of rare books illustrated with hand-pulled photogravures including Laure Albin-Guillot’s, Micrographie Decorative (4,000 – 6,000 British pounds) and Alvin Langdon Coburn’s, A Door in the Wall and Other Stories (1,000-1,500 British pounds). A highlight of the auction is a rare, signed first edition of The Steichen Book, published in 1906 (40,000-60,000 British pounds).  The book contains 29 photogravures of Steichen’s best work including The Pond- Moonrise which recently set the world record price for a photograph when it sold for $2,928,000.

January 1st, 2006

Jon Goodman publishes Washburn Portfolio

Jon Goodman Photogravure and the Heron Press have announced the publication of PHOTOGRAPHING IN HIGH PLACES, a portfolio of ten photogravures by Bradford Washburn. Bradford Washburn, photographer, mountain climber, cartographer, explorer and museum director spent over four decades making photographs in the high places of the Alaska Range and the Yukon. Working with a large format aerial camera Washburn made astonishing images from on the ground and in the air of places that few if any had seen before his expeditions. PHOTOGRAPHING IN HIGH PLACES presents a collection of ten of these images as photogravures made from Bradford Washburn’s original negatives by Jon Goodman. The 10 x 13” plates are exquisitely printed on 17 x 20” Somerset paper accompanied by a text by Martha Sandweiss.