Feb 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2019

Gnarled Trees, High Sierras, California

Gnarled Trees, High Sierras, California

c. 1930

William E. Dassonville

(American, 1879–1957)

Gelatin silver print on Dassonville charcoal black paper

Image: 25.4 x 18.4 cm (10 x 7 1/4 in.); Paper: 35.5 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

Gift of Patricia Cohen and Edward Sutton 2017.300



When World War I caused a shortage of platinum, Dassonville set out to manufacture a gelatin silver paper that would yield platinum’s extensive tonal range. “Charcoal Black,” used for this photograph, finally debuted in 1923. The paper was championed by Ansel Adams and others seeking the ability to enlarge from their negatives and make a matte silver print with great tonal subtlety.

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