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On a snowy Russian waste, the landscape suddenly takes life as a camouflaged Soviet unit advances to a new position, March 1943
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

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: P2019.21.890

Commentary
Deadly snow men: On a snowy Russian waste, scattered bits of the landscape suddenly take life, and a Soviet unit advances to a new position from a distance. The Russians are invisible in their chalky uniforms. The successful outcome of many a Soviet action depended on clever camouflage rather than great numbers, March 1943.

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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