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January 20th, 2007

The Old Order and The New: P.H. Emerson and Photography (1885 – 1895)


13 October 2006 – 4 February 2007
National Media Museum,

Bradford, West Yorkshire
A major exhibition showcasing the work of photographer Peter Henry Emerson, with photographs and ephemera drawn largely from the NMPFT and RPS Collections. Guest curator John Taylor and the Museum’s curator Philippa Wright reassess the importance and context of Emerson’s work, which combined new techniques and technology in a bid to record and preserve the traditional life of East Anglia. A book will accompany the exhibition.
Podcast lectures related to this exhibit can be found online  including a brief lecture by John Taylor entitled, ‘The Gravure Print".

For more information visit the National Media Museum’s web site.

December 10th, 2006

Photogravure proves itself at Swann

The value of the hand pulled photogravure is emerging as witnessed in last weeks aution entitled, ‘Photographic Literature’ at Swann in New York. The three top lots of this red-hot genre contained hand-pulled photogravures.
Doris Ulmann’s Roll, Jordan, Roll (New York, 1933) sold for $33,600. Alvin Langdon Coburn’s, New York (London & New York, 1910) netted a record $28,800, and an issue of Camera Work, Number 36, with 16 Stieglitz photogravures was had for $20,400.
More encouraging is that these lots were purchased by dealers, implying that the retail value of this work is significantly higher.

December 8th, 2006

Florida Museum of Graphic Arts Photogravure Exhibit

medman_med.jpgTechnology Into Art: The Photogravure From 1850 to Today
November 11 through January 28, 2007

This landmark exhibition has been organized for the museum by the University of South Florida’s Institute for Research in Art and the USF Contemporary Art Museum. 






Edward S. Curtis
Navaho Medicine-Man, from the Prospectus of the North American Indian, 1906 Photogravure, 8 1/2  x 6 inches.  Image courtesy of The Drapkin Collection



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December 3rd, 2006

Peter Miller Exhibits Images from Mongolia

NextValleyW.jpgDevin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery of Houston recently opened an exhibit of Peter Miller’s photogravures of images from his Mongolia series.  The show runs from December 2 through Jan 11.  For more information please contact the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery, 4520 Blossom Street, Houston, Texas 77007. Tel 713-863-7097, fax 713-863-7130.

November 18th, 2006

New Work Posted: Pictures of East Anglian Life

The photographs in this book, and several others published by P.H. Emerson between 1887 and 1895, changed the way photography was perceived in the late 19th century. Whereas some photographers imitated painting, using costumes and artificial poses, Emerson emphasized naturalism or truthfulness in his photography claiming that photography could be an independent art with its own values. Emerson embraced the newly refined photogravure process for its soft and impressionistic qualities illustrating, in this book, honest pictures of East Anglian peasant and fishermen life.

November 14th, 2006

Is this a photogravure plate?

Recently we were asked if the image below is of a photogravure plate.  We posted the question to some experts and here is what they had to say…

note: The image in ‘blue’ tone is simply the photograph of the plate ‘inverted’ in photoshop to illustrate a positive impression of the plate.

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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


“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 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.

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, 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.

August 1st, 2006

Jon Goodman Photogravure Workshop

August 15- 19 2006

A 5 day intensive workshop covering the dust grain method of photogravure (Talbot Klic).

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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.