Explore the gravure process.

During this two-day workshop students will be introduced to photogravure using photopolymer printing plates. Day one will include a demonstration of making, exposing, processing and printing a plate as well as a discussion of several techniques for platemaking. Students will then proceed to make and print their own plates. Day two will continue with platemaking and printing and include an introduction to chine colle’ and printing using this technique.

Students should bring a few images they wish to print as well as an apron or smock to keep ink off their clothes. Plates, paper and ink will be provided.

This workshop will be held at the Loon Cove Press studio in Trenton, Maine.

No lodging or meals are included in this pricing.  


Alan Vlach

Alan Vlach is a fine art photographer with a deep commitment to the traditional darkroom while fully embracing new technologies. He works extensively with digital enlarged negatives and historical processes as well as digital printmaking.

In 1999 he began a formal study of the medium with George DeWolfe. Since then, he has attended workshops with Marilyn Bridges, George Tice, Tillman Crane, Brenton Hamilton, Sean Kernan, Mark Nelson, Josephine Sacabo, Paul Taylor and Lewis Kemper. In 2004 – 2005 he attended the Certificate Program at Rockport College. In 2006 he began capturing images digitally, working in Photoshop to create enlarged negatives and positives for use in historical processes including platinum/palladium, kallitype, salted paper, cyanotype and, most recently, photopolymer gravure.

He has been teaching at the Maine Media Workshops since September 2007.

Alan resides in Trenton and Portland, Maine.