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I would like to share a discovery with you, the helpful members of this forum, and I would like to have your thoughts on it.
I have come across photographs by Emile Frechon, a French photographer who photographed in Algeria around the 1900s. I know that he photographed in France, too, but I am most interested in his photographs of Algeria.
I am intrigued by the way in which his photographs seem to glow. I read that he printed with gold, which may account for that fact. I am also intrigued by how otherworldly Algeria and other places look in his photographs; the light looks like a Biblical painting, and seems to be present in every part of the photographs, including the shadows.
I have seen only a handful of his photographs on the Internet. Here are a few:
Again, I would like to know what you think of his photographs. If you know mor about him, I would appreciate that, too.
-- Matthew Runde (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 13, 2002
The photos are lovely. They are all identified as silver images, though obviously heavily toned. Usually gold toning cools a silver image, though there are exceptions to this when gold is combined with other toners. Others may have a better idea what toning was used by looking at the shots. One shot is identified as "silver pigment," which is a completely unknown process to me, and might be a mis- translation from French for all I know.
Good luck in your search,
-- Nathan Congdon (email@example.com), March 13, 2002.
looks like albumen. it's a silver handcoating process. beautiful stuff!
-- eck wheeler (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 13, 2002.
Beautiful work... Ah, those 100 + years old lenses... those emulsions...
-- domenico (email@example.com), March 14, 2002.
I think the photos are quite nice, but my 6 year old laptop screen does not do justice to the subtle hues of what may be albumen prints.
As a side note, in case you really want to dig into the subject of albumen and such closely related print-out techniques, check out this site for more in-depth studies of it: http://albumen.stanford.edu/library/monographs/reilly/index.html
It's one of the best examples of how one can produce an electronic version of an out-of-print book. Lovely, IMO. Just makes me want to get to grips with eggs and chemicals. :)
-- Jimi Axelsson (firstname.lastname@example.org), March 14, 2002.