The Yardbirds in London, 1966 — Limited Edition Print
English rock band The Yardbirds are captured outside Mankowitz's Ormond Yard Studio during a photo session in London in 1966. The band kickstarted the careers of three of rock's most famous guitarists, Eric Clapton, who left the band in 1965, his replacement Jimmy Page, and Jeff Beck, the latter two of which are pictured here. By a stroke of luck, this portrait also features the symbol of the British establishment striding past wearing his bowler hat, snapped between the legs of the singer Keith Relf.
- 16" x 20" and 20" x 24" editions of 50
- 30" x 40" editions of 25 and 50" x 53" editions of 24
- 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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