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Monte Cassino was completely destroyed during the battle for Rome. Boys of Monte Cassino go shell-hunting through the ruins., 1948
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
9 1/4 x 7 3/4 in. (23.5 x 19.69 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, Polish
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.5

Europe’s Children- Italy: The postwar destruction of Italy is exemplified in the historic town of Monte Cassino, completely destroyed during the battle for Rome. Monte Cassino was so destroyed that plans for its reconstruction were abandoned, and a new town was built below in the valley. The ruins of the old Monte Cassino stand just as they were left by the bombardment. Children run around them collecting all kinds of shells and metals which they sell to scrap dealers. Here, three boys of Monte Cassino go on a shell-hunting expedition through the ruins. The children’s feet are bare as they walk, 1948.

Variant illustrated: Magnum image reference PAR114369.

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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