Morrissey during the Kill Uncle Tour, 1991 — Limited Edition Print
Morrissey is photographed standing in front of a sign reading "Penis Mightier Than The Sword" during the Japanese leg of his Kill Uncle Tour on September 5, 1991. Morrisey rose to fame as the lead singer of the Manchester rock band, the Smiths before going solo after its disbanding in 1987.
- Edition of 50
- Signed and numbered on the front by Kevin Cummins
- 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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