Last semester I began exploring photo intaglio, a hybrid process involving pre-press Photoshop, photo sensitive emulsion, and etching. Few people have or are exploring this method, and my professor is one of the few who has explored it as his MFA thesis. But even with that asset, last semester was a perfect example of learning from failure: I now know just about every way NOT to create a successful photo intaglio plate.
The trick this semester has been the use of the same zinc plates used for traditional intaglio, and already results are far more promising than last semester. Pictured here are the developing of the test plate (left) and the etching of the test plate (right). Stay tuned for the test prints.