Artists: Valerie Schmidt and Patrick Wagner
Medium: Copperplate photogravure (intaglio print, chine-collé, 10g/m² gampi on 300g/m² Hahnemühle mould made paper). Plate size: 15.75"x11.75"; Paper size: 23.5”x17.25”. Printed by the artists, edition of 7+3 Artist Prints. 2013. Please note: This piece is sold unframed.
About the work: The Programer series is a collaboration between German artists Patrick Wagner and Valerie Schmidt. They set up areas for Valerie to photograph professional StarCraft 2 players at live championship matches. Patrick, who is a Stockholm-based fine art printmaker, then printed the images using the vintage technique of copperplate photogravures. The resulting portraits meld the hyper-current phenomenon of e-sport gamers and traditional photographic portraiture with the timeless themes of triumph and defeat, passion and spectacle.