Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952)

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Edward S. Curtis - The Scout - Apache border=
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Title:
The Scout - Apache
Date:
1906
Size:
6 x 8 inches
Medium:
Vintage Silver Border
Signed:
L/R
 
Quill singed, negative #1917-06, studio stamp in margin.

Despite the fact that silver printing was the most popular photographic printing process of the past century, Curtis printed in it rarely. Nevertheless, his silver prints demonstrate the refinement of his other master exhibition prints.

Curtis’ other master exhibition printing processes were contact printing processes—that is, a negative needed to be placed in direct contact with the photographic paper during printing. Curtis worked with glass-plate negatives, and the size of the finished pieces was directly limited by the size of the negative. However, in silver printing, the paper could be developed from a negative in an enlarger—a device though which the image was projected onto the paper. Curtis realized the potential of the process, and printed several immense pieces, some three feet in length. These monumental prints are extremely rare.

This piece is a contact print from the negative. If you notice you can see a shadow around the image. This happens because of the thickness of the negative casting a shadow.
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