Christmas Mass
Christmas Mass
Christmas Mass

Phil Kember

Christmas Mass

Carmel Mission, 2007

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 15" x 19"
Mounted dimensions: 22" x 28"

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $4,000
Christmas Mass
Christmas Mass
Christmas Mass



Original Sepia and Selenium split-toned Gelatin Silver photograph by Sean Kernan, "Christmas Mass, Carmel Mission." Individually handmade by Phil Kember from 8x10 format film with Ilford Warmtone photographic paper. Mounted on archival acid-free board, signed and numbered in an edition of 100.


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Phil Kember is a practitioner of what he refers to as ‘classical photography.’ He primarily works with an 8×10 camera and has been photographing for the last two decades. Phil’s earlier work was centered around Death Valley and the eastern Sierra Nevada. Today, he is spending more time in the western Sierra and coastal regions of California. Phil studied with Roman Loranc and is currently working on a series of urban landscape images, as well as sacred spaces.

portrait of Phil Kember


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