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Three positions taken by attempted assassin Émile Cottin when he fired on the car of Premier Georges Clemenceau in Paris. The photograph shows the revolver he used., February 19, 1919
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: P2020.6.349

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

Attempted Assassination of Clemenceau: This is the first photograph to reach America showing the attempted assassination of Premier Georges Clemenceau of France. It shows three positions taken by the assassin, Émile Cottin, when he fired on the auto, and it shows the revolver he used. The shots were fired at point "3". Three of them wounded the Premier, Paris, France.

Louis Émile Cottin (1896–1936, nicknamed "Milou") was a French militant anarchist who is best known for the attempted assassination of Georges Clemenceau. At his trial, he declared himself a Bolshevik and later published a declaration entitled “Why I Shot Clemenceau”. He explained that his motivation for killing Clemenceau was the latter's unwillingness to allow Russian soldiers to return to their homeland after the revolution, sending them to Africa instead or even forcing them to fight against the Russian communists.

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

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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