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Running Man, Bill Moseley 54 x 35 cm, 2011, photogravure. Photogravure is method for producing images from a copper plate onto art paper using printer’s ink. Usually photogravure is from a photograph, but can be from any artwork or from a ‘direct gravure’ process. Traditionally, a positive was made in the darkroom from the original negative, but now the positive is made digitally using an inkjet printer. Apart from the digital positive, the process is the same as practiced in the late nineteenth century. Having the image on a copper plate allows for various printmaking techniques to be used. With this process the final stage is running the copper plate through an etching press.
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