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Scene on the Oregon Coast, where thousands of seals are always visible on the rocky shores, c. 1919
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print on paper

Creation Place: North America, American
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, Fernando Barnuevo and Gloria Ybarra
Accession Number: P2020.6.299

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

Commentary
Seals Becoming a Nuisance it's on Pacific Coast! This scene is on the Oregon Coast, where thousands of seals are always visible on the rocky shores. Seals have been increasing so rapidly that laws are about to be passed to exterminate some of them, because they are destroying thousands of tons of fish.

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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