Pamela Minchin on the Isle of Wight, 1939 — Limited Edition Print
Pamela Minchin is photographed on the Isle of Wight wearing Fortnum and Mason’s dark burgundy Lastex satin swimsuit with a ballet skirt during a July 1939 photoshoot for Harper’s Bazaar. Parkinson's work revolutionized the world of British fashion photography in the 1940s by bringing models from the rigid studio environment into a far more dynamic outdoor setting.
- 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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