Jan 12, 2007

Julia Hall McCune

Julia Hall McCune

c. 1897

Clarence H. White

(American, 1871–1925)

Platinum print with pencil

Image: 20.6 x 14.6 cm (8 1/8 x 5 3/4 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.); Framed: 30.5 x 35.6 cm (12 x 14 in.)

Gift of John Flory, Elizabeth Flory Kelly, and Phoebe Flory 1980.135



Clarence H. White experimented with an array of artistic media that blurred the lines between photography, drawing, and printmaking. Here are two examples of that experimentation: a platinum print on the left and a photogravure on the right. White was likely drawn to both processes for their broad tonal range and interaction of image and paper. To create platinum prints, a light-sensitive liquid emulsion is applied to and absorbed by the paper. The image forms within the paper’s fibers, resulting in a matte appearance. Because photogravures are printed like an etching, the image is formed with ink impressed onto the paper’s surface.

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