Paul McCartney at Ringo Starr's wedding, 1981 — Limited Edition Print
Paul McCartney plays the piano and sings during the wedding reception of Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr (left) and Barbara Bach at the London club Rags on April 27, 1981. As a long-time friend of Ringo's, Terry O'Neill was asked to photograph the wedding, including the reception. Pictures from the event were in all the papers the following day.
- Edition of 50
- Signed and numbered by Terry O'Neill
- Gelatin Silver Print
Before the advent of digital technology at the end of the twentieth century, the gelatin silver process had been the most commonly used method of making black and white prints since the 1890s. A negative image is transferred to light-sensitive paper that has four layers: a paper base, a white opaque coating of gelatin and barium sulfate that creates a smooth surface, the gelatin layer that holds the silver grains of the photographic image, and a protective gelatin overcoat. Properly exposed gelatin silver prints are quite stable if exhibited under controlled light conditions.
Until the 1970s, art photographers used this process almost exclusively to create high-quality black and white prints. Color photography was considered a commercial medium, not suited to serious artistic expression. Today, as fewer and fewer photographers are working in darkrooms, gelatin silver printing is quickly becoming an antiquated, historic process.
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