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Papuans of New Guinea receive their equipment from another Papuan to serve as MPs in the jungle, February 1944
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 x 7 13/16 in. (15.24 x 19.84 cm)

Creation Place: Oceania
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.787

Papuans of New Guinea are receiving their equipment from another Papuan to fill their role of “M.P.” of the jungles. Warrant officer David Criwley, right, checks off each new trainee. Before being admitted to the police training camp, each volunteer must pass a strict physical examination. The camp is located in the hills behind Port Moresby. The Papuan “M.P.” patrols rough hills and murky jungles, chasing law-breakers through treacherous swamps and quelling tribes made more dangerous by weapons received from the Japanese, February 1944.

Sheet: 6 9/16 x 8 3/8

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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