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Unai San Martin

"I like working with my hands.

Photogravures are made by hand, from polishing the copper plate to pulling a print from the etching press. It is a time consuming and unforgiving process, but I favor a slower approach to image making. As in cooking, it is a way of putting my soul into what I do.

It is hard to describe the emotion of pulling my first gravure, in a little garage on a winter night in Spain, about 12 years ago. I knew that moment that I was hooked to the process, and that months of struggling with all the variables that gravure has were worth it.

Since then, I have refined my work by only pursuing images that resonate with the gravure process. And in every plate I make, I have the expectations of the very first experience."


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