Silver gelatin paper

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Gelatin silver print
MFA# 1995.760


Gelatin silver print
MFA# 1996.175
Gelatin silver print
MFA# 50.852

A photographic printing-out paper developed in the 1880s. Silver gelatin paper were used for black and white prints. They predominated the photographic market through the 1960s when color processes became popular. Silver gelatin paper can still be purchased in photographic stores in matte, glossy, and textured formats. The paper contains a gelatin emulsion with a silver bromide salt. The sensitivity of the paper allowed the photographers to make contact prints and enlargements with artificial light. The prints may fade, yellow, or develop a dark iridescent appearance with age.

Synonyms and Related Terms

gelatin paper; gelatin silver paper; silver-gelatin printing paper

Resources and Citations

  • Caring for your Collections, Arthur W Schulz (ed.), Harry N. Abrams, Inc. , New York, 1992
  • The Dictionary of Art, Grove's Dictionaries Inc., New York, 1996 Comment: "Photography"

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