Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble

October 14, 2012

It’s always a pleasure seeing and hearing about 21st Editions forging ahead with new printing projects. There really is no publisher in the world currently doing what they do every time to such a high standard.  Their latest entitled Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble is the third project  with Josephine Sacabo in a new format that incorporates both photogravure and platinum prints in one set. I have viewed her earlier silver gelatin books when I visited 21st in Cape Cod a few years ago and thought they were stunning. (you can read about my experience here)

This new handcrafted set contains ten signed ‘chine-collé’  photogravures by Josephine Sacabo printed on Japanese tissue (see end of post for details of this process), a letterpress book with an introduction by John Wood and poetry by Keagan LeJeune and illustrated with ten platinum prints.

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Freestanding signed chine-collé photogravures by Josephine Sacabo printed on Japanese tissue


Letterpress book featuring 10 tipped in platinum prints

Full Details

Edition: 50 sets
10 photogravures printed using Sekishu Japanese tissue on 16×20 inch Somerset Velvet paper
10×12 inch letterpress book illustrated with 10 platinum prints
30 sets for sale


About Josephine Sacabo

Sacabo divides her time between New Orleans and Mexico. Both places inform her work, resulting in imagery that is as dreamlike, surreal, and romantic as the places that she calls home.Born in Laredo, Texas, in 1944, she was educated at Bard College in New York. Prior to coming to New Orleans, Sacabo lived and worked extensively in France and England. Her earlier work was in the photo-journalistic tradition and influenced by Robert Frank, Josef Koudelka, and Henri Cartier-Bresson. She now works in a very subjective, introspective style, using poetry as the genesis for her work. Her many portfolios are visual manifestations of the written word, and she lists poets as her most important influences, including Rilke, Baudelaire, Pedro Salinas, Vincente Huiobro, and Juan Rulfo, Mallarmé, and Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz. Her images transfer the viewer into a world of constructed beauty.

During her 36 year career her work has been featured in over 40 gallery and museum exhibitions in the U.S., Europe and Mexico. She has been the recipient of multiple awards and is included in the permanent collections of the George Eastman House, the International Center of Photography, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and la Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France

Chine-Collé definition :

A technique in printmaking in which the image is transferred to a surface that is bonded to a heavier support in the printing process. The purpose is to allow the printmaker to print on a more delicate surface, such as rice paper or linen, which pulls finer details off the plate. During printing, a glue is applied to the back of the paper (a paste made of rice flour and water being traditional), and then the heavier support (typically, the heavyweight paper normally found in printmaking) is placed on top. Under the pressure of the press, the lighter surface is glued to the support simultaneously with the image printing on it.” (from Art of the Photogravure:


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2 Responses to “Gilded Circles and Sure Trouble”

  1. ZELER Says:

    Your articles are always exciting !!

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