Michael Seif

Copyright 2018 by Michael Seif. All rights reserved.

A photogravure begins with a full-sized positive transparency.

Jon Goodman is regarded as the individual who, in the mid 1970s, brought the dying art of photogravure back to life. As a master printer of the photogravure, Jon and his studio, Jon Goodman ~ Photogravure, have printed the work of such photography luminaries as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Berenice Abbot, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Strand, Alfred Steiglitz and numerous others.
I feel fortunate to have Jon’s talents at work on one of my own photographs, “The Descent.” In a day-long process, starting by making a full-size positive transparency, and ending by printing an inked copper plate onto dampened paper on an etching press, Jon transforms the photographic image into a sensual, velvety print with all the qualities of both a photograph and a fine etching.