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With arms raised, German soldiers surrender to an American patrol in front of the famous cathedral in Cologne, March 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 7/8 x 5 3/8 in. (20 x 13.65 cm)

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.255

Their arms raised in surrender, a group of German soldiers surrenders to an American patrol in front of the famous cathedral in Cologne. Despite severe attacks by Allied bombers on the fourth city in the Reich and the great destruction wrought in the area, the Cathedral remained structurally undamaged, March 1945.

Sheet: 8 3/8 x 6 9/16

Ferrotyped prints are processed in such a way that they are shiny. The print has a sensitive surface, usually thinner, because it was put through a press while still wet.

Ferrotyped prints have a sensitive surface, usually shiny and thinner, because they are put through a press while still wet. Ferrotyping makes the surface of the photograph smoother. Light does not scatter as much on a smoother surface, so this increases contrast. That makes ferrotyped images better for press photography.

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