22 December 2009

Workshop with Josephine Sacabo

In this extended week-end workshop, I will be showing you how to make polymer photogravures from either your film negatives or digital files. Polymer gravures are a new method of making gravures without using strong chemicals - in fact they are exposed in sunlight or a UV light and processed in water. The results are as beautiful as copper gravures.

We will be working in my New Orleans studios where I print all of my gravures and you will be making two 8x10 plates and as many prints as time allows. We will also spend some time shooting. We will provide a setting and models in my studio, both male and female. I will then teach you how to make your digital positives on transparent film and we will produce them together.

At this point you will learn how to make your plates and we will print your images together on my large American Standard printing press. This is the process that I use for my work and I am happy to share this exciting experience with interested photographers.

Who should attend: This workshop is open to all photographers in any format.
No prior experience with digital printing or photogravure is necessary.

Level: All levels.

What to bring: Digital SLR with various lenses and a tripod.
Participants who wish to make photogravures of their existing work may also bring their negatives or digital files.
Two models will be available on the first day of the workshop and the studio has a large collection of props.

Dates: May 14-16, 2010. 10am-5pm each day.

Class limit: 8 students.

Biography: Josephine Sacabo lives and works mostly in New Orleans, where she has been strongly influenced by the unique ambience of the city. She is a native of Laredo, Texas, and was educated at Bard College, New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, she lived and worked extensively in France and England.
Her earlier work was in the photo-journalisitic tradition, influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style. She uses poetry as the genesis of her work and lists poets as her most important influences, among them Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vincente Huiobro, and Juan Rulfo.

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