Monthly Archives: December 2008

Alain Briot

“Focus.” Alain Briot replied when I asked him what it takes to be a great landscape photographer. In all senses of the word. Alain’s work testifies to his intense focus to producing unique and beautiful landscape images. In discussing creativity he remarked, as I’ve heard others, that it’s increasingly hard to find a place that’s […]

Why do alternative processes?

A common question asked is “Why do alternative processes?” I suspect the answer is very personal to each artist. I’ll take one thing off the table immediately – you don’t explore alternative processes to simplify and streamline your life to free up time for other activities. I was musing during a workshop with Larry Shapiro […]

Polymer Photogravure – Closeup of the inked plate

The Toyobo Printight KM 73 plate is a steel backed photopolymer plate. It is used primarily in the letterpress industry for commercial applications. As the catalog on Anderson & Vreeland shows, the KM series comes in a variety of thicknesses, and the plate is harder after processing than other types of plate. The KM 73 […]

Starting with Polymer Photogravure

Forget my last post where I said I would be doing cyanotypes. That’s a story for another day. I got distracted doing some initial work at home with photopolymer gravure, or polymer photogravure, or photopolymer etching. This is a process I really want to get my arms around. Let’s start with some basics. Photogravure is […]