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A street in Amiens after months of constant bombardment, 1918
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: Europe, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.206

Provenance
Purchased by the Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College on August 12, 2020 from Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Commentary
Photos of Latest U.S. Army and Navy War News: Beautiful Amiens In Ruins! Amiens has been bombarded constantly for months, and this is the result. This official British photograph shows one of the streets in the city. (Liberty Bonds Will Win the War!)

The Battle of Amiens was also known as the Third Battle of Picardy. It was the opening phase of the Allied offensive that began on August 8, 1918, later known as the Hundred Days Offensive. The offensive ultimately led to the end of the First World War. Allied forces advanced over 7 miles (11 km) on the first day, one of the greatest advances of the war. General Henry Rawlinson's British 4th Army playing the decisive role, with nine of its nineteen divisions supplied by the fast-moving Australian Corps of Lt. General John Monash and Canadian Corps of Lt. General Arthur Currie. The battle was also notable for its effects on both sides' morale and for the large number of surrendering German forces. This led Erich Ludendorff to later describe the first day of the battle as "the black day of the German Army". Amiens was one of the first major battles involving armored warfare.

Marks
Credited in plate with typeset credit and title on label affixed to verso.

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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