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Heavy guns of a British warship pour shells into the harbor works, important Axis supply base in the Western Desert, Libya, January 1942
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper
7 1/2 x 9 3/8 in. (19.05 x 23.81 cm)

Creation Place: Africa
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.3

British warship’s guns shell Derna: heavy guns of a British warship, as they pour shells into the harbor works of this important Axis supply base in the Western Desert, during the first naval daylight bombardment of the current Allied offensive in Libya. More than 200 shells landed in Derna during the action, January 1942.

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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