Edgar Degas monotypes

The Museum of Modern Art has what looks like a fantastic show of Edgar Degas monotypes: Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty.

The video above is a terrific overview of both the Degas work and the monotype process.

This looks like a terrific show, I’ll be seeing it for sure.

Lest you think printmaking can’t be part of the photographic process, my good friend Gary Sharp has done a type of mono-printing with Polaroid photography: Polaroid Transfers to watercolor paper.

Onion

This is a Polaroid SX70 photograph of an onion. While the Polaroid film is still wet, the back is peeled off and a piece of watercolor paper is laid on it. A brayer is used (like the press in the video) to apply pressure and the image is transferred (printed) on the paper. This image is a scan of one of those prints.

I’ve always been in awe of Gary’s experiments and as a photographer who makes fine art prints of his work, I’m interested in all aspects of the printing and printmaking process.

2 comments

  1. Wow, thanks so much for for featuring my Polaroid image transfer of an onion. And I’m honored by your very kind words of appreciation. Thanks Richard!

    1. You’re welcome Gary. The monotype video got me all excited about mixing photography and printmaking and I thought of you. I hope to get into New York to see the Degas show in the next few weeks.

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