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United States Navy Photographer

British soldiers Gordon James Clark and Norman Hill relax on the deck of USS Block Island. The U.S. Pacific Fleet liberated them from a Japanese prison camp on Formosa [Taiwan]., September 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 9/16 x 9 3/8 in. (19.21 x 23.81 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: P2019.21.870

Gordon James Clark (left), corporal of the Royal Artillery of Ipswich, Suffolk, England, and Norman Hill, gunner, Royal Artillery of Hendesbury, Staffordshire, England were walking skeletons when a mercy unit of the United States Pacific Fleet liberated them from a Japanese prison camp on Formosa [Taiwan]. Here they are relaxing on the deck of the USS Block Island, one of the liberation ships, September 1945.

Sheet: 8 1/16 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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