Fantastic Photogravures

Photogravures provide the lifelike detail’s of photographs and the beautiful range of whites, charcoals and blacks found in high quality prints. For many years photogravures were far superior to any photomechanical reproduction processes. Since photogravurs are created outside of the darkroom they are not really photographs. Negatives are transferred to a copper plate, which is used to print or engrave with ink. The process is still one of the most sophisticated methods used to print images for books and magazines. Alfred Stieglitz rendered the works of Paul Strand, Edward Steichen into photogravures for his quarterly journal, Camera Work. Edward Curtis used brown ink to create sepia-toned photogravures for his North American Indian portraits. A refined photogravure process is still used by the best fine art publications. Here is a collection of remarkable Minneapolis souvenir photogravures from the early part of the last century.

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The New York Life Building
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The Guaranty Building
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Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul Depot