Photo-etchings or dust grain photogravures are made on light-sensitive plates. This time-consuming intaglio printmaking was the first step in the invention of photography, often called héliogravure. Unfortunately one can be mislead by reproductions on metal cylinders, but the real craft is of uncomparable beauty. Talbot-Klic were the 2 inventors.

dated 1981 until 1988 (click on an image to enlarge an artwork)
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Woman-Bouquet

1988

Art-Deco statue - photo printed together with the negative of a flower-painting. 

Phoenix

1988

Being reborn.

Chained

1982

Feeling chained to the mountain, even if light shines inside. Photo-etching on 3 light-sensitive plates.

Le printemps

1983

Photo-etching of a woman representing spring, who is dancing barefeet.   

Butterbeans

1982

Dust grain photo-etching with aquatint.(Calligraphy)

Calligraphy 1

1982

Macro-photo of Italian beans. A positive from a negative, in the size of the plate is scotched on a light-sensitive plate and exposed for 1/2 hour to a strong lamp at 75cm distance. 

Dance of the needles

1982

Conceptual art.

Calligraphy 2

1981

Dust grain photogravure on 2 plates, with application of many aquatints. 

Keep In Line

1981

I used 2 light-sensitive plates. The 2nd plate got the imprint after spraying the beads. I do not use an electrically driven press. My hands can feel the steel roller arrive at the edge of a plate and I can slow down. Printing this way results in more depth of the etching.  

Trapped fly

1981

A 'trap for flies' was made by a circle of threads and needles. On the image, transfered from the first plate onto a second plate placed threads and needles and thus obtained their 'shadow' by spraying them. This shadow got 'aquatint'. 

Fly 2

1981

Detail of the previous print, enlarged.

Nettle-plant

1981

Photo-etching made with 2 light sensitive plates of a nettle-plant surrounded by needles and threads. 

Bonjour

1981

A cloth woven on a miniature weaving loom. Embossment - the press pushes the moisturized paper into the lines of a plate, who was bitten during 4 hours in strong acid. Print without ink.

Clover with 4 leaves

1981

A clover leaf was drawn in a darkroom on a light-sensitive plate. Two more plates created more depth. A 4th plate got the image of a big needle. After printing them, a thick thread was stitched through the hole of the needle, resulting  in a 4 leaves plant!   

Cloth

1981

After drawing on a light-sensitive plate with a nailbrush and soap, and after a dip in diluted acid, the etching resembled a cloth. 

Cloth 2

1981

A woven piece of tissue was used in this photo-etching.