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Popular Photographic Print Processes: Gelatin Silver Prints


Gelatin silver print showing African American boy seated on porch of house
[African American boy seated on porch of house, another African American boy standing with bicycle on porch of another house, with two young African American women on steps, Georgia.] Gelatin silver print. ca. 1899-1900.
LC-DIG-ppmsca-08755
Dates in general use: after 1890s-present

timeline 1890-

Description: Gelatin silver prints are a general term describing the most common process for making black and white photographs since the 1890s. A variety of photographic print papers were introduced in the 1880s.  They included various developing-out and printing-out papers. Developing out prints are cool black and white images. Printing out prints usually have warm tones.

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