Alternative Processes: Josephine Sacabo with Photopolymer Gravures (Photogravure)


For the next few days, we will feature a mini-series of posts on alternative processes in photography. Today, we feature Josephine Sacabo and her Photogravure process. If this interests you, and you'd like to expand your creative palette, the F295 Annual Symposium might be the spot for you to do so.

Josephine Sacabo

- Photopolymer gravures (Photogravure)

Henry Fox Talbot invented the photo-engraving process in 1852, and it was then improved upon by Karel Klic in 1879, after which the process became commercially available. Photographers from the 1880's to the 1930's widely used photogravure because of the ability to change the tones of the image by manipulating the plate.

To create a photogravure, a tissue covered with potassium dichromate in a layer of gelatin is exposed and transferred onto a copper plate, which is then etched, and can be used in a traditional printing press to make prints.

Sacabo says about her work, “I believe in Art as the means of transcendence and connection. My images are simply what I’ve made from what I’ve been given. I hope they have done justice to their sources, and that they will, for a moment, stay “the shadow of contentment too short lived.”

Come hear Josephine Sacabo and many other 21st century photographers discuss their work at the 2012 F295 Symposium: Continued Explorations of 21st Century Photography