Audrey Hepburn with a donkey, 1955 — Limited Edition Print
Audrey Hepburn is photographed with a baby donkey on location at Villa Rolli, a farmhouse in the Alban Hills of Cecchina, Italy, during the filming of King Vidor’s War and Peace on June 23, 1955. Parkinson’s images were used in the September 1955 issue of British Vogue and as a cover story for the December 1955 edition of Glamour.
- Edition of 21
- Stamped and authenticated by a representative of the Norman Parkinson 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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