Chloride paper

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Silver chloride print
MFA# 2001.870


Silver chloride printe
MFA# 2001.871

A type of photographic printing paper prepared with a thin layer of an emulsion containing Silver chloride. Chloride paper has low sensitivity and prints slowly. It was used mainly for contact prints in which the paper was placed directly against the negative with the emulsion sides together. It was exposed with bright light, usually daylight, then fixed with Sodium thiosulfate. Silver chloride paper gives hard blue-black prints.

Synonyms and Related Terms

contact paper; silver chloride prints; collodion silver chloride; gelatin silver chloride

Resources and Citations

  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
  • Luis Nadeau, Encyclopedia of Printing, Photographic, and Photomechanical Processes, Atelier, New Brunswick, 1997 Comment: gelatin silver chloride paper replaced albumen as most used around 1890; collodion silver chloride paper introduced around 1868;

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