Exhibition: Stephen Tester: Vignettes Past & Present


Gold Street Studios Gallery, Trentham East
until 1 June 2014

The robust and distinctive nature of the nineteenth century gold rush still defines the character of many Central Victorian towns villages and settlements today.

At the same time as these structures were being built the process of Photogravure was being refined as a means to reproduce photographs in newspapers and magazines.

It seemed appropriate to use the photogravure process to produce works on paper that would convey the sense of history and presence of these beautiful buildings. The original camera negatives were made during 2012 on cameras that would be familiar to gold rush era photographers. Many photographs were made in the pre dawn hours lit only by street lights.
Photo poloymer gravures limited editions of 15 on cotton rag paper.

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