Etching Workshop: Photogravure

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This class will primarily teach approaches to the 19th century process of photogravure. Photogravure is a truly continuous tone photographic intaglio process. Tonalities are created by an ink layer, gradually varying in depth, with a very fine aquatint to hold the ink. Photogravure will be the starting point for the projects rather than the final step. Students should be open to continuing to work on plates with traditional intaglio techniques.

3 credits. One-semester course. Prerequisite: Etching I or Photo I. Powell

Course Code: FA 356A, FA 356B

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