Feb 8, 2019
Feb 8, 2019

Gnarled Trees, High Sierras, California

Gnarled Trees, High Sierras, California

c. 1930

William E. Dassonville

(American, 1879-1957)

Gelatin silver print on Dassonville charcoal black paper

Image: 25.4 x 18.4 cm (10 x 7 1/4 in.); Paper: 35.5 x 27.9 cm (14 x 11 in.)

Gift of Patricia Cohen and Edward Sutton 2017.300



When World War I caused a shortage of platinum, Dassonville set out to manufacture a gelatin silver paper that would yield platinum’s extensive tonal range. “Charcoal Black,” used for this photograph, finally debuted in 1923. The paper was championed by Ansel Adams and others seeking the ability to enlarge from their negatives and make a matte silver print with great tonal subtlety.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email collectionsdata@clevelandart.org.

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email imageservices@clevelandart.org.