This photograph " Tulips on Paper " and I have a long history together. I made this picture one day when I was at home with my daughter Abigail who was in 1st grade at the time.
My wife Kathleen had volunteered to chair the committee for the school auction this year and she received this bouquet of tulips as a thank you. Meanwhile, I am at home itching to make a new photograph so I tore open a paper shopping bag a tossed the tulips down on the bag. Pointed my 8x10 camera down to the kitchen floor and had time to make one negative before daddy was needed.
As a platinum print, this is the first photograph of mine to be included in the collection of a major US museum, and the first print of mine to show up on the secondary market at auction.
It is a special day for me to explore this old favorite negative in my new favorite printing process and see how I could interpret it as a photogravure.
This hand-pulled polymer photogravure print is made with Gamblin Stiff Portland Black and sepia ink, with a dash of Charbonnel Geranium Red ink on Arches 88 paper. I printed an edition of 12 numbered prints and 2 A/P prints.
Hand-pulled print by Ray Bidegain
Limited edition of 12
7.25 x 9.25 on an 11x15 sheet.
Signed numbered and dated by the artist on the lower front.