Artists' Opening Reception: Friday, January 4. 5-8pm. 
Free and open to the public. 
The Yoga Photogravures reception coincides with the Wildlife Fashion Art Safari reception and the Art 'Round Town monthly art walk in Portsmouth.


There is a certain quality in something made by hand. The presentation of an insight, which in the case of photography is the print, seems somehow different when it is a product of skilled craftsmanship rather than the press of a button. A darkroom photograph may not be as perfect as a digital print, but that may be its validity: neither is it as sterile.

For ten years I hand-made platinum/palladium portraits, a 19th century process that renders a very beautiful print of soft and delicate tones. Recently, however, and a bit of an about face, I switched to using very bold and dramatic black inks and the mechanical operation of producing a print by running a metal plate through a rotary press. This is still very much of a hand-made product with its learning curve full of decisions and expenses and frustrations, but just enough occasional breakthroughs.

This exhibit, then, is a series of intaglio prints--photogravures--of local yogis and yoga teachers. All the sittings were done in my Portsmouth studio and all the prints made on a large French press at Chase’s Garage in York, Maine. 

I would just add that if making a good photogravure is more difficult than it sounds, the poses in this exhibit are much more difficult than they look!

Artist Bio:
Jay Goldsmith spent the first twelve years of his adult life as a high school English teacher.  In 1981, he decided to give up ten weeks of paid vacation every summer and free health and dental insurance and devote his full attention to a career in professional portrait photography. He is a partner with event photographer Julia Russell. For most of his long career Jay has photographed children and their families throughout New England, in natural light, from June through October.

For the last ten years, he has been working with hands-on alternatives to digital printing. He began with platinum/palladium, a nineteenth century printing process characterized by a very long tonal scale and an extremely stable, aesthetically pleasing image. In this process, particles of these two precious metals are embedded within the fibers of paper to make the image.

Most recently, Jay has been making photogravure intaglio prints, which utilize very dramatic black inks and hand-made watercolor papers. The procedure starts by transferring a digital file to a positive transparency and then to a metal plate which is in turn inked and run through a rotary press.