Please visit the workshop page for a current listing of 2013 workshops.
I have been asked numerous times to include our early collaborations with Roy DeCarava, “Twelve Photogravures” and the portfolio “Mark Morrisroe” co-published by Pat Hearn Gallery and Renaissance Press.They are now listed in the artists section. There is a near complete set of DeCarava prints available as singles and one complete Mark Morrisroe portfolio will be available soon.
After an intensive rebuild of the studio we are now making beautiful 40 x 60 inch platinum / palladium prints with gum overlays. We are not able to show the artists work at this time. The paper for the prints are custom made and hand crafted by Dieu Donne in NYC. The paper is a blend of abaca and cotton. The oiliness of the abaca fiber does not allow the metal to “sink” into the fibers deeply creating incredibly rich and luminous prints. The paper is prepped for printing by calendering to the desired smoothness using an etching press followed by a delicate gelatin sizing. The film is created using the standard Piezography K7 Selenium Glossy Inkset. A full tutorial for using the Piezography K7 Selenium ink set will be posted on the site shortly. For information on custom printing please see the contract work section of the site.
Fall Platinum Printing and PhotoPolymer Gravure workshops will be listed shortly
Opening this Friday, October 14th is an exhibition of 30 works of art by contemporary photographers who have all collaborated with Paul Taylor. If you can’t make it this weekend, Paul will be speaking at the gallery on October 22nd at 1:30pm. Learn more about the art of photogravure and the work he has done with artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Robert Mapplethorpe, Aaron Siskind, and Roy DeCarava.
“The process enables a sense of timelessness that now seems absent in an art form predicated on the instant.”
Don’t miss this review of A Century of Photogravure in the Boston Globe. We’re proud that the majority of the contemporary works within this remarkable exhibition come from Renaissance Press.
If you’re in the New England area (or plan to be), a must-see exhibition is opening at Lesley University’s Art Institute of Boston on October 23rd. Featuring 20 artists and over 60 works of art, it is a rare opportunity to view this many prominent photogravure works together. Read more about it here (and thank you for the mention!).
Published by Renaissance Press and The Rhode Island School of Design Printmaking Department this stunning tissue photogravure is printed on twenty five year old Hosakawa Kozo a paper since designated a national cultural property of Japan. The photogravure plate was made and printed by Paul Taylor at Renaissance Press.
If any copper plate gravurists remember the Aquatint Screens made by Copy Graphics in Sante Fe, New Mexico they will be thrilled to find that new screens have recently come on the market that easily rival and in some cases out perform those wonderful screens. They are available in three grades. Fine – Medium – Course. The screens were designed and are available through Mark Nelson of Precision Digital Negatives.
In 2007 one of the last large format continuous tone films that I use for photogravure disappeared from the market. It became time to bite the bullet and “get digital”. I had guessed that with a couple of months of testing I would arrive at a reasonable method of creating desktop film positives for photogravure and, film negatives for a variety of other processes. I was wrong. I tested many methods of creating film using a variety of printers and inksets and methods. The results generated film for photogravure that was dissatisfying and lacking in quality. Nearly two and a half years later, lots of time, inks, printers, and material’s later I am finally satisfied with a new system for making digital negatives and positives.
Read more about Digital Film here.