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One of the first pictures permitted inside one of the large machine shops in the British naval repair base at Singapore. A Chinese machinist works a lathe., June 1941
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
6 5/8 x 8 1/2 in. (16.83 x 21.59 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: P2019.21.111

Commentary
Singapore: Here is one of the first pictures permitted inside one of the large machine shops in the naval repair base at Singapore, Great Britain’s Gibraltar in the Pacific. A Chinese machinist works a lathe, June 1941.

Dimensions
Sheet: 7 x 8 7/8

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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  • Image Dimensions: 6 5/8 x 8 1/2 in. (16.83 x 21.59 cm)

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