Edward J Steichen

Working Title/Artist: The Flatiron Department: Photographs Culture/Period/Location: HB/TOA Date Code: Working Date: 1904 This is the most beautiful image! I am absolutely thrilled I had a the chance to work on this! Love love love love it! photography by mma 1998, transparency #2a scanned and retouched by film and media (jn) 1_11_05


Edward Steichen , The Flatiron Building, New York City , 1904. Gum bichromate over platinum print . ‘

‘ Steichen added color to the platinum print that forms the foundation of this photograph by using layers of pigment suspended in a light-sensitive solution of gum arabic and potassium bichromate. Together with two variant prints in other colors, also in the Museum’s collection, “The Flatiron” is the quintessential chromatic study of twilight. Clearly indebted in its composition to the Japanese woodcuts that were in vogue at the turn of the century and in its coloristic effect to the “Nocturnes” of Whistler, this picture is a prime example of the conscious effort of photographers in the circle of Alfred Stieglitz to assert the artistic potential of their medium.’ – From the website of the Metropolitan Museum , New York

Epreuve à la gomme bichromatée – technique à étudier…

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