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General Douglas MacArthur inspects Clark Field after it was taken by his forces, February 1945
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Asia, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2020.1.129

General Douglas MacArthur inspects Clark Field after it was taken by his forces. The field was a mass of wreckage, with Japanese planes strewn all over, destroyed by U.S. bombing and strafing attacks. Left to right, behind are the general's aide Lloyd Lehrbas and J. Hughes, February 1945.

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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