HM Queen Elizabeth II profile portrait, 2015 — Limited Edition Print
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is photographed in profile while wearing The State Diadem, the same tiara she wore on the way to her coronation at Westminster Abbey, during a London photoshoot in May of 2015. The Queen rose to power at the age of 25 following the death of her father and was the longest-reigning monarch ever in Britain.
- Edition of 25
- Signed and numbered by Greg Brennan
- 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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