Keith Richards next to Blue Lena, 1966 — Limited Edition Print
Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones is photographed next to his new Bentley in West Sussex, 1966. The photographer recalled "In the summer of 1966, I shot a series of 'At Home' photos with each of the Rolling Stones. This photo of Keith Richards was shot at his house 'Redlands' and he had just bought this beautiful Bentley which he names Blue Lena after the great singer Lena Horne!"
- 16" x 20" and 20" x 24" editions of 50
- 30" x 40" editions of 25
- Signed and numbered by Gered Mankowitz
- 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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