phototransfer

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.