I/Eye: On Photography

El optimismo de la séptima entrada

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on December 17, 2011
"El optimismo de la séptima entrada" (platinum palladium print, 2011)

"El optimismo de la séptima entrada" (platinum palladium print, 2011)

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, which the artist published in 1799 after a debilitating illness.

Los Caprichos means literally: whims. Each image focuses on some aspect of contemporary life. I start with a digital capture from a video source; rephotograph the image on an old 4×5 Crown Graphic press camera; and finally print it in platinum-palladium (a traditional process) on Bergger paper.

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

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