LESLIE A. GOLOMB
My training as a traditional printmaker allows me the flexibility to explore established processes combined with new technology. As new directions and definitions of 21st century printmaking evolve, I find ways to stretch my vision and experiment with visual techniques without compromising time-honored methods and aesthetics.
Photogravure, my medium of choice, is simultaneously a print and a photograph. By its very nature it creates a world somewhere between the real and the imagined. My current series, Except For the Sound of My Voice, is comprised of staged photography juxtaposed with drawn and imaginary characters. The emphasis of the series is on the mythical, diverging from past works. My current artistic endeavors strive not to revisit but to revisualize time, blurring the boundaries of reality and fantasy to create dreamlike imagery.
Definition of Photogravure
Photogravure is an intaglio printmaking or photo-mechanical process whereby a copper plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive and then etched, resulting in a high quality intaglio print that can reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph.
The earliest forms of photogravure were developed in the 1830s by the original pioneers of photography itself, Henry Fox Talbot in England and Nicéphore Niépce in France. They were seeking a means to make prints that would not fade by creating photographic images on plates that could then be etched. The etched plates could then be printed using a traditional printing press. Alfred Stieglitz is best known for photogravure in the early 20th century. The speed and convenience of silver-gelatin photography eventually displaced photogravure. Because of it’s arduous process only several dozen workshops throughout the world still practice the art of photogravure.