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Soldiers move through the water and emerge without a sound in this American Red Cross water safety instructors’ course on Okinawa, 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 7/16 x 9 1/4 in. (18.89 x 23.5 cm)

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.495

Silent swimming, moving through the water and emerging from it without a sound or leaving a telltale ripple, are learned soldiers in this American Red Cross water safety instructors’ course on Okinawa. Navy officers and Red Cross men stand on the Japanese-built jetty at right to watch the demonstration. Gesturing is Ellis D. Fysal, course instructor, and at right in the same group is Robert C. Atmore, Assistant Director of Red Cross operations in the Ryukyus area, 1945.

Attribution by Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College.

Sheet: 8 x 9 7/8

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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