The Black & White Ball at the Plaza Hotel, 1966 — Limited Edition Print
This photo captures Luciana Pignatelli, Peter Gimbel, and Consuelo Crespi at the Black & White Ball hosted by writer Truman Capote at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on November 28, 1966. The masquerade ball gathered 540 attendees to honor Capote's friend and Washington Post publisher Katherine Graham and is considereda pinnacle of New York's social history.
- Edition of 25
- Estate stamped and authenticated on the reverse by a representative of the Lawrence Fried Archive
- 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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