Ruth Beneath the Cherry Trees
Ruth Beneath the Cherry Trees

Camille Solyagua

Ruth Beneath the Cherry Trees


Original Gelatin Silver Photograph

Image dimensions: 5" x 7"
Mounted dimensions: 16" x 20"

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Ruth Beneath the Cherry Trees
Ruth Beneath the Cherry Trees



Original Gelatin Silver photograph by Camille Solyagua, "Ruth (Bernhard) Beneath Cherry Trees, 1994." Individually handmade by Camille Solyagua in 2010. Signed by Ruth Bernhard in pencil. Provenance: Private Collection of Carol Williams, publisher of Bernhard's award-winning monograph, The Eternal Body.


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