Jan 14, 2021

Irving Penn In Cracked Mirror, Sheet E, New York

Irving Penn In Cracked Mirror, Sheet E, New York

1986, printed July 2000

Irving Penn

(American, 1917–2009)

Gelatin silver print

Paper: 59.7 x 45.7 cm (23 1/2 x 18 in.)

Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.35

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The contact sheet is a twentieth-century phenomenon.

Description

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 artist's thoughts and working processes.

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