Teaching Cliché Verre
Cliché Verre is a combination of art and photography. In brief, it is a method of either etching, painting or drawing on a transparent surface, such as glass, thin paper or film and printing the resulting image on a light sensitive paper in a photographic darkroom. It is a process first practiced by a number of French painters during the early 19th century. The French landscape painter Camille Corot was the best known of these. Some contemporary artists have developed techniques for achieving a variety of line, tone, texture and color by experimenting with film, frosted Mylar, paint and inks and a wide assortment of tools for painting, etching, scratching, rubbing and daubing. Cliché Verre is French. Cliché is a printing term: a printing plate cast from movable type; while verre means glass. Cliché Verre was one of the earliest forms of reproducing images before the advent of the camera. (From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
So, the pictures illustrate the students of the University of Arts in Florence, during a workshop under the guide of the professor Maria Fabiola Ungredda, and assisted by the photographer Alessandro Botticelli and myself. It was a great experience for the students to go inside to the dark room at the age of digital photography. I enjoyed it!