Gelatin silver print
Image: 25.7 x 19.7 cm (10 1/8 x 7 3/4 in.); Paper: 27.9 x 21.6 cm (11 x 8 1/2 in.)
Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.30
© The Irving Penn Foundation
The contact sheet is a twentieth-century phenomenon.
The contact sheet—a piece of photographic paper which contains positive prints of some or all of the negatives on a roll of film—was necessitated by the advent of roll film, which produced small negatives, and rendered obsolete with the advent of digital photography. Having access to a photographer’s contact reveals the artists’ thoughts and working processes.
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