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Still + Life | A limited edition of hand bound books

I have been photographing still life since the beginning of my journey in photography. Making these pictures continues to hold my interest, I still find the genre rewarding and rich with possibilities. Sometime along the way I began to include  figurative elements along with the thing I was photographing and my series " Objects of Beauty" was born.  This collection will be a mix of these photographs, some previously published and the rest new work.

This idea of hand bound books has been flirting with me for the past few years and this summer I have committed to creating the edition.  The project will be completed in the first weeks of September 2024 and while some of the details are defined many others are in a fluid state of being realized.  Over the weeks to come I will be publishing my progress along with details as they are sorted. Up to the final weeks I will be taking reservations from collectors, after the edition is complete the remaining books will be for sale with immediate delivery.

For those collectors who know me and my work reserving your copy now, affords you a patrons price. The price will increase as the editions move forward and the details are revealed and sorted to the final version.

  • Final edition will equal approximately 15 copies
  • Overall size is 10x10 hardbound 
  • Japanese stab binding
  • 12 hand pulled photogravure prints by Ray Bidegain | Cascabel Press
  • Text pages will be printed letterpress by Ray Bidegain
  • Typography and design by Emogene Bidegain
  • Washi paper interleaving 
  • Completion first weeks of September 2024

The first limited edition book from Cascabel Press by Ray Bidegain | photographer-printmaker. Summer 2024

All prints are hand-pulled by Ray Bidegain on a takach etching press. The text pages are printed letter press by Ray Bidegain and all are hand bound into books with a Japanese Stab binding.Image and paper sizes are approximate, Variations within the edition are possible and expected.

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Still + Life | A limited edition of hand bound books

$600.00 USD

Fast shipping

I usually ship print orders in 2-5 days, if you need a definite delivery time I can make sure it happens for you.

Order tracking

You will receive order shipment and tracking information via email after your order is placed letting you know about shipment and tracking numbers.

You can get in contact with Ray using the link below.

About Ray Bidegain

One Photographers Journey

For the last 22 years I have been lucky enough to spend my time working as a fine art photographer, and specifically working as a photographer who photographed using large format negatives and made platinum prints from the camera negatives.

The platinum period

Many of you have collected these platinum prints over the years and some of you have learned platinum printing from me along the way. I love the process and I have loved every minute of this period in my work. Platinum printing is an amazing and beautiful way to make photographs.

The Gravures

For the last five years I have started working on making photogravure prints, polymer plate photogravure prints, to be specific. I worked on it, decided I wanted to make a change and make a commitment to working as a printmaker making photogravure prints. You all know me as a person who likes handmade photography. Handmade objects are at the heart of my photographic journey and printmaking is all of that, and more.

The Cascabel Press Studio

My darkroom and printmaking studio

for the last 32 years I have worked in the cozy basement of my 110 year old home in Portland Oregon. Your fine prints are made here and are a product of my love of photography and art.

My backyard daylight studio

Where I make pictures

for the last several years I have been making my work in a small daylight studio in my backyard.