Sunset, San Barnaba
Sunset, San Barnaba
Sunset, San Barnaba

Alexey Titarenko

Sunset, San Barnaba

Venice, Italy, 2006

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 12" x 12"
Mounted dimensions: 18" x 22"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
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Sunset, San Barnaba
Sunset, San Barnaba
Sunset, San Barnaba



Original Gelatin Silver photograph by Alexey Titarenko, "Sunset, San Barnaba, Venice, Italy, 2006." Individually handmade by Alexey Titarenko from 6x6 format Ilford Delta 100 film. Solarized and spot toned with Farmer’s Reducer, sepia and selenium toner. The photograph is signed, titled and numbered edition of 10 on verso with the annotation "AT04-01." Corner-mounted on 18x22" cotton rag museum board.


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The most popular black and white process of the 20th century was gelatin silver, in which the image consists of silver metal particles suspended in a gelatin layer. Gelatin silver papers are commercially manufactured by applying an emulsion of light-sensitive silver salts in gelatin to a sheet of paper coated with a layer of baryta, a white pigment mixed with gelatin. The sensitized paper, generally fiber-based, is exposed to light through a negative and then made visible in a chemical reducing solution. William Henry Fox Talbot introduced the basic chemical process in 1839, but the more complex gelatin silver process did not become the most common method of black-and-white darkroom photography until the late 1910s. Because the silver image is suspended in a gelatin emulsion that rests on a pigment-coated paper, gelatin silver can be sharply defined and highly detailed in comparison to platinum or palladium, in which the image is absorbed directly into the fibers of the paper.

In addition, Titarenko uses a technique called spot-toning. Instead of toning the entire photograph, he isolates very specific areas, bleaches them with Farmer’s Reducer and then tones with either 14 carat gold, sepia and/or selenium.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper