Photogravure is both an intaglio and photomechanical technique. The technique combines the details of photography with the dense pigmented inks of intaglio. The use of pigmented inks and acid free pulp paper makes photogravure the most archival print technique. For photogravure, a continuous tone positive is exposed to light-sensitive pigmented gelatin tissue, which afterwards is bonded to a rosin coated copperplate. An aquatint is key to this tone-based technique. After the gelatin is developed the copperplate, with the image containing gelatin, is etched in baths of ferric chloride of different strengths. The etching commences with the extreme darks, moving through the tones to the lightest tone – pulling the etched copperplate from the ferric chloride once the bite reaches the extreme highlights. Thereby the technique accomplishes a full range of tones and attests for a high quality fine art print.
Garth Meyer is a photographer and filmmaker that lives in South Africa. He holds a Photography Technician Diploma, an Advanced Diploma in Film & Television Production Techniques and is currently attending The Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town reading for his Masters Degree. He won the ABSA KKNK Kanna Award in 2007 for Best South African Short Film for Bitter Water which he directed and filmed. In 2010 he had his first solo exhibition Study of Trees at the Rooke Gallery in Johannesburg. In 2011, this work, was part of the group exhibition Environment and Object: Recent African Art at The Frances Young Tang Museum in New York. The New York times included his work in a critical review by Mr. Holland Cotter. In 2013 he was nominated for the Prix Pictet Global Award in Photography and Sustainability. Recently he was part of a group show at 2016 Johannesburg Art Fair with Warren Editions.
Over the past decade he has worked on a body of stills that involves documenting equatorial jungles in Africa and Southeast Asia. Currently, he is working on still from the Amazon, having visited the jungle in April and May 2018. He is part of The African Film Library and in 2012 he was published in the book South African Cinema 1896 – 2010 by Dr. Martin Botha. The book focuses on the many highly creative uses of cinematic form, style, and genre as set against South Africa’s complex and often turbulent social and political landscape. His current thematic exploration and investigation considers transgression and borders in South Africa. While attending university he is working on a screenplay adaptation of the book Stained Earth with the Zimbabwean writer Derek Huggins.
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