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War vessels are being repaired by Indian workers at a dock “somewhere in India”, June 1942
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 7/16 x 8 3/16 in. (16.35 x 20.8 cm)

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: P2019.21.415

Somewhere in India: With the fall of Singapore and the Dutch naval bases, United Nations war vessels must use bases in India for repairs and maintenance. As a consequence, the shipyards and docks along India’s coastline are taxed to capacity. Here, war vessels are being repaired by Indian workers at a dock “Somewhere In India”, June 1942.

Sheet: 7 1/16 x 8 7/8

Overall: 7 5/16 x 8 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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