pho·​to·​gra·​vure ˌfō-tə-grə-ˈvyu̇r How to pronounce photogravure (audio)
: a process for printing from an intaglio plate prepared by photographic methods

Examples of photogravure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But in one notable instance, the library allotted money specifically to purchase 40 volumes of photogravure prints of Native Americans created by Edward Curtis in the first decades of the 20th century. Travis McDade, Smithsonian Magazine, 18 Aug. 2020 The exhibition includes three of her photogravures cropping or recombining Lange images. Arthur Lubow, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2020 An English artist, Cornelia Parker, has revived Talbot’s photogravure process: a sheet of metal is covered in light-sensitive chemicals, then objects are laid directly onto it. The Economist, 2 June 2018 The fair, which runs March 30-April 2, will host more than a hundred dealers, with works ranging from mid-nineteenth-century photogravures to video, mixed media, and beyond. The New Yorker, 31 Mar. 2017 For 30 years, beginning in 1906, Curtis traveled the United States, photographing portraits, landscapes and the daily lives of 80 Native American tribes, images that were collated in a 20-volume history and 723 photogravure prints. Judith H. Dobrzynski, New York Times, 15 Mar. 2017

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Word History


French, from phot- + gravure

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of photogravure was in 1879

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“Photogravure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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