Gelatin silver print, solarized
Image: 20.3 x 27.9 cm (8 x 11 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2019.182
© Estate of Ilse Bing
Salut de Schiaparelli was created to promote a perfume with that name released by Paris designer Elsa Schiaparelli.
Ilse Bing employed solarization here to evoke an otherworldly, surrealistic feeling. The procedure involves quickly re-exposing a photographic print to light during the development process, before the image is fixed. The result is a partial or total reversal of tone, so areas that are dark become light and vice versa. Bing considered darkroom work a final stage in a photograph’s creation.
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