Gelatin silver print
Paper: 25.4 x 20.3 cm (10 x 8 in.)
Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.46
© The Irving Penn Foundation
The contact sheet is a twentieth-century phenomenon.
The contact sheet—a piece of photographic paper which contains positive prints of some or all of the negatives on a roll of film—was necessitated by the advent of roll film, which produced small negatives, and rendered obsolete with the advent of digital photography. Having access to a photographer’s contact reveals the artist's thoughts and working processes.