The photogravure, in simplest terms is a photographic etching, just like engraving or aquatint. It is by far the most luxurious and permanent means of producing a photographic print, using ink, not emulsion. The ranges of tones produced in a photogravure are unmatched in any other process, from the darkest shadows to the lightest highlights. This is created by the varying depths of cells in the copper etching plate and the density of the inks that are used.
Paul Taylor is a master printer of photogravures, as well as other alternative forms of photographic printing. Artists from around the world come to his printmaking atalier, Renaissance Press to have their photographs produced in these processes.
Paul Taylor received his MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and has since worked with artists on collaborative print making projects. In addition to being the director of Renaissance Press he teaches workshops in photogravure and wet plate collodion processes. His own photogravures are in many national and international museums and corporate collections.