The Beatles at Abbey Road, 1963 — Limited Edition Print
This photograph was the first major group portrait of the Beatles taken by Terry O’Neill during the recording of "She Loves You" and its B-side "I’ll Get You" in the garden of Abbey Road Studios in London, July 1, 1963. The group would go on to be regarded as the most influential band of all time and prove integral to the development of 1960s counterculture and popular music's recognition as an art form.
- Edition of 50
- Signed and numbered by Terry O'Neill
- 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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