Photogravure, edition of 10. Published by Galamander Press.
Peter Feldstein (1942-2017) was a photographer who taught for many years at the University of Iowa. He was best known for a photographic project he began in 1984, capturing the portraits and words of all of the inhabitants of Oxford, the small town where he lived outside of Iowa City. In 2004 he photographed the remaining people once again, juxtaposing their likenesses and reflections on their lives, twenty years removed. The Oxford Project became a traveling exhibition and a book with author Stephen Bloom, published by Welcome Books in 2008. As both a work of art and a document of rural life, it garnered a lot of attention, with many interviews and notices including The New York Times; and NPR.
Parallel to this was what Peter considered his “real” work; the pursuit of an abstract sensibility in photography. His interests included cliche´ verre, a hybrid of drawing and photography, for which he would create non-photographic negatives. Jonathan Higgins worked with Peter on a series of photogravure prints in 1998 at Galamander Press in NYC. The tiny hand-drawn negatives used as the source for the images rendered frenetic gestures and intriguing textures in the finished prints.