Photogravure COLLABORATIve workshop with zopilote INC.
Zopilote Inc. was founded by Miguel Ángel Álvarez and Mike Gómez. Their facilities are located in Colonia Santa María la Ribera in Mexico City. At Zopilote, their studio is set up with the ability to produce prints in large formats. They work with plates anywhere between 8x10” and 7’x3’ (yes, seven foot) plates!
“The photogravure process has a long history, starting with manual printing techniques and aquatint printing. The roots of the photogravure process can be traced back to William Henry Fox Talbot (1852), who used a “screen” of black crepe for the mechanical translation of tone values on a steel plate coated with a light-sensitive layer of dichromated gelatin. This was the starting point for both the photogravure (the use of dichromated gelatin) and halftone processes (the use of a screen). In Talbot’s 1852 method, the steel plate was etched with a solution of platinum chloride to form a printing plate. Talbot changed the process in 1858 by depositing a resinous powder on the surface of the exposed, sensitized, gelatin-coated copper plate. When heated, the resin microparticles bonded to the gelatin layer and facilitated the formation of a delicate grain pattern after etching with a solution of ferric chloride. Talbot also introduced consecutive etchings of copper plates using solutions of different concentrations of ferric chloride to improve the tonal scale of the printed images. […]”
Fragment from “The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes”, Photogravure by Dusan C. Stulik and Art Kaplan, The Getty Conservation Institute, 2013. To read more visit: The Atlas of Analytical Signatures of Photographic Processes , Photogravure.
Day One August 3rd
Introductions, tour of studio space
Brief history of the heliogravure process
Preparation of the copper plate
Day Two August 4th
Sensitization and developing of the carbon tissue
Etching of the first copper plates
Day Three August 5th
*In this workshop, participants will work with 8x10” plates
Printing press n°1
122cm x 300 cm
Printing press n°2
70cm x 140cm
UV Exposure Unit
122cm x 2.40 cm
122cm x 300cm
4 trays 85cm x110cm
4 trays 122cm x 240cm
ABout MEXICO CITY
Mexico City is one of the most enjoyable destinations. Its historic center, better known as Zocalo, is declared World Heritage by UNESCO and is the heart of a living culture that exudes everything accumulated since the founding of Tenochtitlan. Visit its neighborhoods flooded with art nouveau and art deco, enjoy its cuisine, lose yourself in the streets and uncover the rich history of this city in world renowned museums .
Molly Rapp, Penumbra Foundation’s workshop coordinator will accompany the group during this collaboration with Zopilote Studio
Accommodations at City Express Buenavista (3 nights)*
Welcome dinner (Friday night) at Loveli Restaurant
Farewell dinner (Sunday night) at Zefiro Restaurant
* Airfare ticket and transportation from and to the Airports are not included. Extra dates at the hotel should be arranged separately.
Zocalo Main Square
Palacio de Bellas Artes
Centro de la Imagen
City Express Buenavista