Polaroid Type 55 reborn as a heliogravure on Hahnemühle Copperplate with Akua carbon black and burnt umber ink.
Watch as the heliogravure comes off our vintage Charle Brand etching press
In 1987, Dutruch was a young and struggling photographer in New York. He was working in a studio on lower Broadway down in the SoHo district. Having recently purchased a new lens for a 4x5 view camera and wanting to do a quick test for sharpness using Polaroid Type 55 positive/negative film, he happened to glance out of the studio window and saw the beautiful view of the rooftops of lower Manhattan with the sun disappearing below the horizon. He wheeled the view camera around on the tripod, pointed it out of the window and made one quick exposure ... guessing at the f-stop and shutter speed. The negative was tack sharp and as so often done back then, he tossed the negative in the trash, coated the positive, and when dry, stuck it into his journal on his way home.
As we fast forward 28 years, he is cleaning out some old file boxes and finds his studio journal from 1987. As he is flipping through the pages, he comes across the Polaroid that he had created that early March evening of the roof tops of lower Manhattan. And there, to his amazement, were the Twin Towers in all of their glory. It was one of those moments in life that somehow manages to take your breath away and make your heart skip a beat. He could never have imagined at the time, that a simple lens test would produce such an important and moving image... some 28 years later.
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