What is a gelatine silver print?

A gelatin silver print is the most common type of black and white photograph. Developed in the 1890s, it involves coating paper with a light-sensitive suspension of silver salts in gelatin. The final print is result of the metallic silver being fixed in the gelatin coating through a series of chemical developing processes. For examples of gelatin silver prints see Vera Lutter’s Venice Portfolio II, 2007, or Carolee Schneemann's Interior Scroll, 1975, or Lawrence Schiller's Marilyn Monroe Birthday Cake, 1962-2007.

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