Judy Bergman Hochberg
About the Artist
Painting With Light
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 Originally trained as a painter, I developed a love of printmaking early in my artistic life. Over many years I used my film camera as a tool in the same way as my sketch book. I created many monotypes and etchings as well as watercolors, by working from photographs. But after being introduced to digital photography a few years ago, the photograph became just as important to my repertoire. I wanted to combine photography and printmaking, and by using the computer and polymer plate technology, I accomplished it.

The medium I use is called polymer plate photogravure, which involves converting a digital image in Photoshop to CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black), separating each color channel and then printing it onto transparent film. Each transparency is then exposed to a polymer plate in a light exposure unit. The plates are developed in warm water and then hardened back in the light unit so they can be printed. The appropriate color ink is applied to a plate, and then wiped like an etching. The plates are printed in succession, one after another, using an etching press to create the final image.

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