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Jon Goodman

"Photogravure is one of the most beautiful photographic printing processes.

I find that after 30 years of working in photogravure, I can accomplish my visual goals. Attempting to work in other mediums usually disappoints me. I am unable to achieve the extended tonal range that I desire while maintaining visual appeal. A photogravure is an intaglio print, and as such the image as it sits on the paper is in three dimensions, not just two. It is an ink print as is an etching or lithograph.

In the photographic pantheon, photogravure is a terribly important technique, both historically and in contemporary terms. It is the only continuous tone ink printing process. It is also a process that by its nature is extremely flexible and allows an almost infinite range of tone and color.

But ultimately I must say that I work in photogravure for its great beauty. A beautiful print in photogravure is something to see in the flesh."

Jon Goodman
March 23, 2006

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