Sunday, July 20, 2008

Solarization in photography - examples?

Josef Ehm
Solarized Nude

Gelatin silver print
17.5 x 12.5 cm (7 x 5 )

Galerie Johannes Faber

At this point you will be thinking - "Will Alan ever stop?" and the answer is probably not. The 'Sabattier effect' (named after the French scientist Armand Sabattier who discovered it in 1862) results in an image that is part negative and part positive and is created by exposing the print to light part way through the darkroom development process. Solarization, the more commonly used term for this effect, was "re-discovered" by Man Ray and Lee Miller and was the kind of technique that appealed immediately to Dadaists and Surrealists.

I'm planning an online exhibition to be added to Luminous-Lint and would welcome examples and suggestions. If you happen to be an authority on Solarization so much the better and I'd welcome your advice.

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