New Workshop!

I’ll be teaching a polymer photogravure workshop at MCAD this summer; the first in over two years!

The last workshop was only a couple of weeks in when the world came crashing down and the workshop cancelled. But, I’ve been asked to teach it once more this summer and I’m so happy to do so. This class is always such fun and I have some great ideas for this one.

June 15th – July 20th, 2022 (6 weeks)
Minneapolis College of Art and Design
More information on MCAD’s website.
Registration opens on Monday, May 2nd.

Note:
Unlike previous classes this class will have limited access to the Printshop outside of class. Students will have open studio work time ONLY on Saturdays from 12.00 – 5.00 pm and Mondays from 3.00 – 8.00 pm for the duration of the class. Students will not have access to the Printshop outside of these hours.

The Chico Poems

These are six of the fifteen cases I’m making for Lisa Nebenzahl‘s McKnight project, “The Chico Poems”.

Each case holds 8 cyanotypes, printed by Lisa, with a letterpress printed poem overlaid in silver ink. The clamshell cases are covered in a Japanese blue and silver book cloth with an inlaid photo of Chico Nebenzahl.

The Chico Poems is a suite of eight poems contained in a custom designed case. This project was inspired by my late mother Chico Nebenzahl (1916-2000), who penned the poems in the early 1940’s. With the support of a McKnight Fellowship for Book Artists, the project took a year to produce as I employed the light of the sun to create the cyanotype prints in the spring, summer and fall of 2021. Letterpress and cyanotype printing come together to share these short, sometimes acerbic poems. A posthumous collaboration with my mother, who wrote poetry and fiction in her in twenties in Chicago but never shared them widely, gave me a chance to bring these poems out of their long rest and into the light.

— Lisa Nebenzahl

More information about the project and photographs can be found here.

John Szarkowski Quote

A few years ago I printed this quote by John Szarkowski as a letterpress printed piece with a covering print, the same size, and sent it out to those I thought might appreciate his humour.

 

 

Studio News – Autumn 2021

NEW UV LAMP and VACUUM FRAME

Since moving studios in January 2021, we have been without a UV light source and unable to make any platinum-palladium prints or polymer photogravure plates. The old lamp was far too large for the new space and so we ordered a new unit. Unfortunately the 6 weeks I was told turned into more than 5 months, although at that time I had enough other things going on with the new darkroom build to keep me occupied, but ultimately I was let down.

Enter Jon Cone and his new LED exposure units. We immediately ordered a 22×30″ model with the fastest 4x speed setup and built-in vacuum frame. A few weeks later it’s now up and running in the darkroom and is a wonderful, truly well made piece of equipment and a pleasure to print with. I’ve already calibrated it for platinum-palladium negatives and printed a small portfolio of prints for a client, so the next step will be calibrating it for the polymer photogravure process.

 

WORKSHOPS

Now that I have the new UV lamp and vacuum frame installed, and once I finish calibrating everything, I’m considering offering small (1-3 max.) workshops in both platinum-palladium printing and polymer photogravure. The pandemic has naturally curtailed many of the opportunities for people to learn these processes, and I’ve had an inordinate amount of people asking me if I’m offering classes or private tuition. They will likely take the form of one or two day weekend classes in the studio in NE Minneapolis.

Hopefully MCAD will start offering the polymer photogravure class once again and that I’ll be teaching it there too, but meanwhile, if you’re interested in either process, email me and let me know which you’d prefer –  keith@keithtaylorphoto.com.

 

PROJECTS

Nick Cave’s Notebook

Now that I the darkroom is up and running well, I’m back making prints for photographers both locally, nationally and internationally. In need of a new, quality notebook? Nick Cave is and I make those too, as well as boxes and cases.

If you have a project you think I might be able to help with, email me keith@keithtaylorphoto.com or call +1 (612) 701-9671 (voice and text)