Julia Christopher


Swiss Alps, 2023

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

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

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $500



Original Gelatin Silver photograph by Julia Brett Christopher, "Burgkirch, Raron, Switzerland." Individually handmade by Christopher from 6x6 format Kodak T-Max 100 film with fiber-based Ilford Warmtone paper. Mounted on cotton rag museum board. Signed in pencil on mount with title, date and numbered in a limited edition of 50 on mount verso.


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This photograph was taken with a Hasselblad 205TCC. One of the Hasselblad’s most advanced cameras, the 205TCC combines a traditional chassis, focal plane shutter, and a spot metering exposure system. The Hasselblad 205TCC concerts a range of features for tone and contrast control to dramatically increase your possibilities to control the entire photographic process beyond what you could do with its predecessors. Four modes of metering operation is available with the 205TCC: Aperture Priority, Differential, Zone mode and manual exposure. It also has a programmable mode, which allows for modifications to the self-timer, for example, which the artist extended from 10 to 40 seconds for her self-portrait series.

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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. As part of her creative process, Julia also chooses to use various types of gelatin silver paper depending on which negative she’s working with. These papers include Ilford Warmtone, Bergger Warmtone and ADOX MC110. Her favorite photographic paper, Agfa Portriga Rapid, was sadly discontinued years ago. She will also selectively use various toners, such as Selenium and occasionally Thiourea, not Sepia, to add more warmth.

Cross section of Gelatin Silver paper