Photographic illustration was an inexact process. Because there were no present rules for using photographs in books, Darwin attempted to create them. Working at a time when printmaking still dominated scientific illustration, he internalized prevailing notions about authority and authenticity in picture making.
Photogravure is a printmaking technique that requires a hell of a lot of prep, but the ghostly effect of the finished work is awesome: it's like part etching and a bit charcoal drawing, with the spirit of an old timey black-and-white. German photographer Antje Hanebeck used the centuries-old process to capture the I. M. Pei-designed Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar-which itself is a newbie, celebrating only its fifth anniversary this year-for Radiant, a new on-site exhibition.
Heck_CopperReflection3 After a few runs through the press, sometimes it seems like the figures are actually inside the copper. It reminds me of the Agony and the Ecstasy and Michelangelo’s belief that there is a sculpture inside every block of stone. There is a face inside every copper plate. This entry was posted in From the Studio, Photos, Work in Progress on December 10, 2013.