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The men out New Guinea way wade from landing craft to take Japanese-held beaches at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea, 1942-1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.133

According to that song, if you’re in the infantry you’re supposed to march, march, and march some more. But the men out New Guinea way get a wet journey as they wade from landing craft to take Japanese-held beaches. Here, the “Queens of the Battle” leave the craft in great style as they stream down the gang plank. But from then on, they are on their own in chin-deep surf waters as they head at Sarmi, Dutch New Guinea.

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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