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Before a jeering crowd of men, women and children in a Russian village, a Red “Quisling” is executed by a firing squad, February 1943
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Asia
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.895

Commentary
On the Russian front: Before a jeering crowd of men, women and children in a Russian village, a Red “Quisling” is executed by a firing squad. Photo is from March of Time’s documentary film, “One Day of War—Russia, 1943”. The film shows action along all fronts in Russia during a single day. Latest reports from Moscow indicate that Soviet forces have taken the Nazi base and railroad center at Belgorod, February 1943.

Technique
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.

Materials
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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