Legroux Soeurs’ hat from La Belle Epoque, 1952 — Limited Edition Print
A model smiles as she is photographed wearing a knotted pearl necklace and a Legroux Soeurs' hat for a 1952 Vogue shoot. The Legroux Sisters were some of the most sought-after hat designers in Paris from La Belle Epoque through the 1950s, with their salon located just up the street from Chanel.
- 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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