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Photogravure Workshop with Lothar Osterburg:

April 26, 2019 @ 3:00 PM - April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 PM

When: April 26th 3 – 8pm, 27th 9am – 4pm (with break for annual meeting/demo), 28th 9am – 4pm.

Where: Printmaking Studio at the Fine Arts Building on the campus of San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, CA 94132

Lothar Osterburg is a master printmaker in the technique of photogravure. His work uses installation and sculpture as part of the the process of creating a photographic print. This workshop is a unique opportunity to combine photography and printmaking while connecting to the history of both mediums. 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. This way the photogravure is capable of producing a much wider range of tones than any other photographic process, from a deep velvety black to sensitive, bright highlights.

This workshop is for CSP members interested in the etching  process who like using photography as a basis of imagery. You do not need to be a photographer to take this class. You only need an image you are excited about etching into a copper plate to produce a beautifully toned photographic print. While learning the multiple steps of plate preparation and exposure, Lothar guides students with his years of expertise, experience and best of all his enthusiasm!

Workshop fee, $390 for CSP members, includes all materials and one copper plate at size of 6″ x 9″ for an image slightly smaller. This workshop is limited to nine people. CSP members have priority registration through March 30. Non-member registration will open on April 1,┬áspace permitting, and will cost $430.

Use the PayPal button below to reserve your space in this photogravure workshop with Lothar Osterburg. If you have questions about the workshop please contact Ashley Rodriguez Reed

Photogravure Workshop


April 26, 2019 @ 3:00 PM
April 28, 2019 @ 4:00 PM


San Francisco State University
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave,
San Francisco, CA 94132
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