Photographer Jeanne Wells was born and raised on the Maine coast, where she has lived most of her life. She studied literature and writing at Lesley College in Cambridge, MA. Wells uses all forms and formats of cameras. She is self-taught in film and darkroom work, and has also studied wet collodion with Mark Osterman and Keliy Anderson-Staley.
Jeanne studied the polymer photogravure process from artist Josephine Sacabo and her assistant, Meg Turner at Josephine’s studio in New Orleans. She has also studied with Clay Harmon at North Light Photographic Workshops, and master printer Paul Taylor at Renaissance Press. Most recently she has learned the direct to plate method of polymer gravure platemaking, with the help of Clay Harmon of Mountain Intaglio and Silvi Glattauer of Baldessin Press in Melbourne, Australia.
Well’s work is collected and exhibited internationally. Over the years she has been published in many contemporary photo magazines, has been awarded a merit prize from Black and White magazine, and has been a top 200 Critical Mass finalist. In 2018 her work was features in Polymer Photogravure, by Clay Harmon.
Jeanne teaches and works at her studio, Things of This World Press, in Aroostook County, Maine. Her early life in both music and poetry continue to influence and inspire her visual work.
- Beginning Photopolymer Gravure – Direct to Plate