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Women sew in a Sevastopol bomb shelter, May 1942
Vintage ferrotyped gelatin silver print with applied pigment on paper

Creation Place: Europe
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Restricted Gift of Michael Mattis, Judy Hochberg, and Daniel Mattis, in honor of Kathleen Stewart Howe
Accession Number: P2019.21.898

Commentary
Women sew in a Sevastopol bomb shelter, according to the Russian censor’s caption. The Sevastopol Black Sea naval base is a strong point in the Crimea that the Germans have never been able to break, May 1942.

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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