5th Ave. & 58th St.
5th Ave. & 58th St.

Alexey Titarenko

5th Ave. & 58th St.

Manhattan, 2012

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
5th Ave. & 58th St.
5th Ave. & 58th St.



Original Gelatin Silver photograph individually handmade by Alexey Titarenko from 6x6 format Ilford Delta 100 and individually spot-toned with Farmer’s Reducer, sepia, selenium and 14 ct. gold. Signed, titled and numbered in an edition of 10 on verso and corner-mounted on 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