I/Eye: On Photography

Aún más grande

Posted in Los Caprichos by Sheila Newbery on December 27, 2011
"Aún más grande" (4 x 5 in. palladium print, 2011)

"Aún más grande" (4 x 5 in. palladium print, 2011)

From Los Caprichos, 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.

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 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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