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cfp: Conference: De/Reconstructing photomechanical reproduction / deadline 25 June 2021

Don’t Press Print is an annual conference organised by the University of West of England's Centre for Fine Print Research and the Royal Photographic Society. In 2020 the conference looked at the collodion process and its contemporary practice through the eyes of twenty artist-printmakers and photographic historians.

In 2021 Don't Press Print will take as its theme the history of photographic and photomechanical print reproduction and processes from both an historical and contemporary perspective. A call for papers has been made. Some of the potential areas for papers are, but not limited to are:


  • Approaches to the photomechanical transfer of images to the printed page from Talbot onwards
  • Specific processes, in particular the Woodburytype, Photogravure, Photolithography and Collotype
  • The impact of new methods of photomechanical reproduction on printed publications


  • Contemporary artistic practice of historical analogue photomechanical printmaking processes
  • The application of historic photomechanical processes to innovative modern use
  • Hybrid digital /analogue approaches that open up the potential of photomechanical print processes in a virtual world

The organizers welcome proposals from practicing printmakers and photographers, historians and process specialists, visual artists as well as image and print scientists, to present their theoretical and/or practical research and working methods and artworks.

Proposals and final papers will be peer reviewed. 

Presentations will be 25 minutes, if you are reading your paper this equates to approximately 3000 words, but please adjust for your own style and take account of your visual materials.

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