Julia Christopher


Big Sur, 2018

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 8 x 10
Mounted dimensions: 16 x 20

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $2,000



Original selenium toned Gelatin Silver photograph by Julia Brett Christopher, “Dryad.” Individually handmade by Christopher from 6×7 format Kodak TMax 100 film with fiber-based semi-gloss paper. Available dry-mounted on museum board, or corner mounted. Limited to an edition of 5.

“This photograph was taken solo near Garrapata State Park with a Pentax 67 using a 30′ air-shutter release. The wind gusts that day were around 25mph. It took multiple attempts to get this exposure, because the air cable release and chiffon kept blowing in different directions. There was a brief moment where the wind gust started from the south, affecting the trees, but I was surrounded by stillness – that was the moment I exposed the film. It reminds me that during the most chaotic times there is stillness and tranquility to be found.”


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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.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper