Estuary, Sun & Reflections
Estuary, Sun & Reflections
Estuary, Sun & Reflections

Robert B. Taylor

Estuary, Sun & Reflections

Sebastopol, California, 1987

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection $750.00
Estuary, Sun & Reflections
Estuary, Sun & Reflections
Estuary, Sun & Reflections

Details

Description

Selenium toned original Gelatin Silver photograph by Robert Taylor, "Estuary, Sun and Reflections, California." Individually handmade by the artist from 8x10 format Kodak Tri-X sheet film with Bergger fiber-based photographic paper. Dry-mounted on cotton rag museum board, signed and numbered in an edition of 200 in pencil on mount front with artist’s stamp on mount verso.

Condition

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Artist

robert taylor in the darkroom

Medium

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

Many of Robert Taylor’s favorite photographic papers like Zone VI Brilliant, Forte Polygrade 5 and Adox Vario Warmtone were discontinued and he is currently transitioning to Ilford Multigrade.

robert taylor in the darkroom