David Bowie in Freddie Burretti contact sheet, 1974 — Limited Edition Print
David Bowie holds a cassette player in outtakes from the iconic Freddie Burretti suit photoshoot in Los Angeles in 1974. Bowie described the young designer as "the ultimate co-shaper of the Ziggy look" having created legendary pieces like the ice-blue satin suit worn in the "Life on Mars" music video and the quilted jumpsuit worn on Top of the Pops.
- Edition of 50
- Digitally signed and embossed on the front, stamped and authenticated on the reverse by a representation of the Terry O'Neill 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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