Heliogravure, or photogravure, is an intaglio printmaking process whereby a plate is coated with a light-sensitive gelatin tissue which had been exposed to a film positive, etched, then the plate is inked and printed on a press which results in a high definition intaglio print that has the ability to reproduce the detail and continuous tones of a photograph.  The earliest forms of photogravure were developed by Nicéphore Niépce in France in the 1820s, and later Henry Fox Talbot in England.  Having studied with one of the modern day experts in the process, Don Messec at Boyfish Press in Santa Fe, Dutruch now practices and teaches the fine art of heliogravures at Lost Hills Atelier.

The vintage 30"x50" Charles Brand etching press, rescued from Hurricane Katrina, now at Lost Hills Atelier


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