Photogravure: Still Beautiful After All These Years


Maggie Anderson of the Daily Iowan has a profile of Lothar Osterburg, a leading practitioner and teacher of the 19th century photographic process called photogravure.

Born in Germany, Osterburg now lives and works in New York. His prints, which have been exhibited worldwide, have an ethereal quality unique to Osterburg’s process. As described on his Web site:

Osterburg makes photogravures of small, sculpted models of windmills, lighthouses, sailboats among others, staged in evocative settings. Built from memory of readily available materials, the models have a dreamlike quality which is enhanced by the placement of the camera within their world; the perspective is that of a person within the set, obscuring the actual size of the objects.

And how does Osterburg find the materials for his prints?

“Usually, I go Dumpster-diving,” he tells Anderson.

You can view a gallery of Osterburg’s work here.

And for more on photogravure, visit Mark Katzman’s Art of the Photogravure blog.

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