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Lothar Osterburg: Demonstration of Photogravure Process

April 27 @ 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


San Francsico State University’s Print Department and California Society of Printmakers are excited to co-host internationally renowned printmaker and master printer Lothar Osterburg for a lecture and studio demonstration on Saturday, April 27 at 1:30 pm.

This unique experience is not to be missed. See up close and learn first-hand Lothar’s process which is the original 19th century Carl Klic / Fox Talbot photogravure process, utilizing a dustgrain aquatint. Photogravure is a true continuous tone photographic etching process. The tonalities are created by an ink layer, gradually varying in depth, with a very fine aquatint (unetched islands of approximately equal size ) to hold the ink. This is achieved by etching the plate gradually from the deepest shadows to the brightest highlights.

Lothar Osterburg makes photogravures of small, sculpted models of windmills, lighthouses, sailboats among others, staged in evocative settings. Built from memory of readily available materials, the models have a dreamlike quality which is enhanced by the placement of the camera within their world; the perspective is that of a person within the set, obscuring the actual size of the objects.

Lothar Osterburg (b. 1961 Braunschweig, Germany) is known for his photogravures featuring hand-constructed models of windmills, lighthouses, and sailboats among others staged in evocative settings. He photographs these scenes with a short focal range to create a mysterious, ambiguous or even ominous effect. He was trained in printmaking and experimental film making at the Hochshule fur bildende Kunste (Art Academy), Braunschweig, Germany. Osterburg taught printmaking at Pratt College, Columbia University and Cooper Union, all in New York and Lacoste School of the Arts in France for several years.

12 – 1pm
Free and open to all CSP members.
The lecture will take place in the Lecture Hall of the Fine Arts Building on SFSU’s campus.

DEMONSTRATION:Reservations Required as space is limited to 20 people. Tickets: $20
Date: April 27, 2019
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
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Photogravure Demo

California Society of Printmakers is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization which promotes the practice and appreciation of fine art contemporary printmaking in the West. Our mission is to support both the integrity of traditional printmaking and provide a home for artists exploring new directions in contemporary print methods. CSP has a membership of nearly 250 artists, and welcomes new members each spring and fall.


San Francisco State University School of Art
The School of Art provides students with intellectually informed instruction in the histories and practices of the visual arts and museum studies within the context of a liberal arts university. The guiding principal of its curricula and instruction is the belief that art and its institutions are an important means to interpret human experience, and a fundamental mechanism by which a society evolves, understands and reflects upon itself. The School of Art supports the university mission to offer instruction that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity and the cultural mosaic of the San Francisco Bay area and beyond, and encourages critical thinking within an inclusive worldview.


April 27
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


California Society of Printmakers


San Francisco State University
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San Francisco, CA 94132
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