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Re: Photogravure was: Re: SPE and alt update

I agree with that sentiment.  I do think the image decides the size, though-- Some years ago, I made some platinum prints at the 2 1/4 negative size which I really loved-- and matted them at 11x14.  I then made some of the images bigger, and I just thought they lost something in doing that.  Making them small like that was like looking through a little window.  I do think it depends on the image, though.  

I agree completely about these huge color prints I often see that are really no more than rather uninteresting snapshots (badly composed to boot); their size is what gives them notice (the only thing that makes them noticeable).   It does get old after a while.  I know someone who makes the most beautiful mezzotints-- none larger than about 4x5 and some not much larger than a postage stamp.  These are so hauntingly beautiful-- I can't tell you--  and perfect for his particular images.   Every time I think about printing big, I think about those mezzotints.

On Apr 3, 2008, at 5:27 PM, Mark Nelson wrote:

I don't think photography should be limited by size and you point out good reasons to make larger prints for different display spaces. What tires me are the huge, over-saturated color prints with no content. You see them in galleries all the time. Bigger doesn't  make these prints better. 

Mark Nelson
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On Apr 3, 2008, at 2:28 PM, Dan Haygood <dan@haygoods.org> wrote:

Yes, I agree.  Large prints have made their way into many homes as a showcase piece of artwork.  It has put photography in a place were it is being noticed.  Look in interior design magazines and they all have large scale photographs hanging on the walls of the homes they are featuring. Small images create a more intimate feel and are displayed in settings that the viewer can get close to.  In other fine arts, one will always find a diversity of sizes of images that reflect what the artist is trying to impress upon the viewer.  Why should photography be confined to a small scale?



From: Jon Lybrook [mailto:jon@terabear.com]
Sent: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:15 PM
To: alt-photo-process-l@usask.ca
Subject: Re: Photogravure was: Re: SPE and alt update


Mr. King,

Wee little prints are just fine for the right image, as are huge ones.  I hope and trust no one ever curses you and things you've devoted yourself to doing in an ugly and boorish manner.


Sandy King wrote:

Yes, is it not a fact about big. I am so tired at this fad with huge prints I want to vomit. I hope the people making those huge prints never sell a one of them and have to build new storage rooms to hold them until their descendants destroy the atrocities.


Now, a nice 5X7 contact print, there is something to hold close to your eyes and treasure.










At 2:05 PM -0400 4/3/08, Ender100@aol.com wrote:

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Thanks Jon,

It's an American French Tool Press by Conrad Machine Co.  I got a table top model that will handle 18" wide paper.  It may also be a great pasta machine.  Josephine Sacabo had just gotten the big brother to this machine when I worked with her last fall on polymer plate photogravure-it was great fun.  Unfortunately it takes 3-4 months to build and deliver. 

I think I got "big" out of my system with inkjet printing hehehehe.

Best Wishes,
Mark Nelson

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In a message dated 4/3/08 12:56:50 PM, jon@terabear.com writes:

Congrats on the press Mark!  What kind did you get?

But 'little'?  I'm doing 20x30" now and they are available at 30x40"...and even larger, so I've been told.

Larger plates present a new set of problems, but they are still alot of fun to work with (more so when the pesky contact issues have been overcome).


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Jon Lybrook
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