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Anti-aircraft gun crew practicing an “alert” along New York City waterfront, December 1941
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print with applied pigment and airbrushing on paper
6 9/16 x 8 5/16 in. (16.67 x 21.11 cm)

Creation Place: North America
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.312

Enemy air raiders will find New York City a tough customer, because air defenses have been set up all over the city. Photo above shows anti-aircraft gun crew practicing an “alert” along the waterfront. Note Army scout car and extra ammunition magazines in left background. Marks have been blacked out so that location of this emplacement will not be revealed, December 1941.

Sheet: 7 1/16 x 8 15/16

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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