Elton John takes flight, 1970 — Limited Edition Print
English musician Elton John is photographed jumping in the air whilst playing the piano during a live performance at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in California, November 15, 1970. Known for his pageantry and precision on the keys, John saw his most commercially successful period in the 1970s during which he released several hit albums with the help of his musical partner and lyricist Bernie Taupin.
- Edition of 50
- Signed and numbered on the front by Ed Caraeff
- 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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