I/Eye: On Photography

Descender con cuidado

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on December 9, 2011
"Descender con cuidado" from *Los Caprichos* (2011) Sheila Newbery

"Descender con cuidado", palladium print from *Los Caprichos* (2011) Sheila Newbery

An image from Los Caprichos: after Goya, an artist’s book in the making. It’s titled after Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes’ well known album of eighty aquatints (with captions), which the artist published in 1799 after a debilitating illness.

Los Caprichos means literally: whims. Each image involves an initial digital capture from a video source; rephotographing on an old 4×5 Crown Graphic press camera; and finally printing in platinum-palladium (a traditional process) on Bergger paper.

In keeping with Goya’s spirit of sharp-edged commentary, I’ve given each of the images a caption — in Spanish.

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