1986, printed 1999
Gelatin silver print, selenium toned
Paper: 60.3 x 47.1 cm (23 3/4 x 18 9/16 in.)
Gift from the Collection of Mark Schwartz + Bettina Katz 2020.38
© The Irving Penn Foundation
The contact sheet is a twentieth-century phenomenon.
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