Calla Lily
Calla Lily
Calla Lily
Calla Lily

Rolfe Horn

Calla Lily

Study II - California, 1999

Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

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

Pristine condition

certified authentic
Add to Collection — $1,500
Calla Lily
Calla Lily
Calla Lily
Calla Lily

Details

Description

Sepia and selenium toned, solarized original Gelatin Silver photograph by Rolfe Horn, "Calla Lily." Individually handmade by Rolfe Horn from 6x6 format film with fiber-based photographic paper. Mounted on cotton rag museum board, signed and numbered in an edition of 45 in pencil on mount.

Condition

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Artist

“The power of a photograph comes from its ability to record reality.  However, with the advent of digital imaging, this power is completely diminished as the computer can convincingly reproduce ‘the cow jumping over the moon.’   This is why I only use traditional methods for my work. Each is handmade by passing light through a negative in an enlarger onto photographic paper in a darkroom.   The image one sees actually happened in reality.  There is no digital trickery; my photographs maintain their original integrity of witnessing truth.

I continue to reflect what it is that makes me stop at a given place to take a photograph. A scene must contain visual harmony and something unique that gives me pause. There is a collision of light, subject and emotion which eventually culminates into an exposed piece of film, ultimately living on in the gelatin silver.” – Rolfe Horn

rolfe horn's 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