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Press conference President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill at the Casablanca Conference, 1943
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
5 11/16 x 7 3/16 in. (14.45 x 18.26 cm)

Creation Place: Africa
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.623

At the press conference during the fourth and greatest of all meetings of President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Prime Minister Winston Churchill, the camera caught characteristic and varied expressions on the faces of the two Allied leaders. The Casablanca Conference will be remembered as the most colorful of all meetings between the head strategists of the English-speaking worlds. In all history, no great event has been accomplished with such secrecy. The excitement caused by the Roosevelt-Churchill rendezvous aboard battleships in the North Atlantic in 1941 was small in comparison to the reaction in all nations at the news that the two leaders had met again, and in vital Africa this time. Here the American Chief Executive and British Prime Minister are shown at the press conference. Casablanca, 1943.

Sheet: 6 1/8 x 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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