Don’t Press Print Conference 02 – De/Reconstructing Photomechanical Reproduction (9-10 Sept 2021)

Registration is now open for Don’t Press Print, De/Reconstructing Photomechanical Reproduction  

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and photographic historians.

In 2021 Don’t Press Print will take as its theme the history of photographic and photomechanical print reproduction and processes from both an historical and contemporary perspective.

The conference will take place online.

Bookings should be made here: DPP02 Conference Registration Page 

RPS members and students are eligible for a discount and can email for a discount code. 
Bookings close 5 September 2021. 


Papers will be given in English 

Thursday, 9 September
0930Introduction: Professor Carinna Parraman / CFPR
0945-1030Keynote: Professor Kelley Wilder, Director, Photographic History Research Centre at De Montfort University and Professor of Photographic History. 
 Session 1: History and application
1100-1130Francesca Strobino. Reproducing Nature: W H F Talbot’s and Alois Auer’s printing processes (1852)
1135-1205Anthony Hamber. Rudolph Appel: the Ordnance Survey and Photozincography
1210-1225Petra Trmkova. Daguerreotype and Electricity at the outset of photomechanical reproduction
 Session 2: History and application
1400-1430Julie Melby. Edward L. Wilson and the Mechanical Photographers
1435-1505Paulo Ribeiro Baptista. The Casa Biel role in Portuguese Collotype edition (1875-1918)
1510-1525Richard Martinez. On silver and lead: photography and press in the context of Spanish Civil War
1600-1630Susanne Klein. Fast and Furious: photolithography

Friday, 10 September 2021
0930-1015Keynote: Dr Geoff Belknap, Head Curator at Science Museum Group and author of From a Photograph: Authenticity, Science, and the Periodical Press, 1870–1890 (Bloomsbury, 2016). 
 Session 3: History and process
1120-1135Paul Elter. One and Many: Wet-collodion and Woodburytype
1140-1210Roger Farnham. The 1980s Glasgow photogravure process
 Session 4: Contemporary practice, techniques and digital
1215-1245Ross Mazzupappa, Faux to gravure: affordable and accessible photo-etching
1400-1415Philip Bovey. The Pictorial Syntax of photogravure in the Zodiaque project
1420-1435Elizabete Kozlovska. Photomechanical printing as an undervalued process: its care and distinction
1440-1455Li Xiaoqiao. (Re)forming the imprint: how the digital print-matrix imprint can be augmented with computational/robotically-assisted etching and drawing
1530-1600Constanza Martinez. A question of quality: a comparison of traditional copperplate photogravure and modern polymer photogravure
1600-1630Discussion and close

More details of the papers and speakers will be circulated to registrants in advance of the conference. 

The conference convenors are Associate Professor and EPSRC Manufacturing Fellow Susanne Klein at the Centre for Fine Print Research and Dr Michael Pritchard, Director, Education and Public Affairs at the Royal Photographic Society.

Questions relating to the conference can be sent by email

Event sponsored by Taylor Brothers
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