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Tirage bichromatée

Old prints are mostly stable, unlike some recent work due to the very nature of the pigments used which sometimes cause the image to be weakened.

Following the impressionist movement, the process attracted artists due to its lack of sharpness in the contours. Due to its random nature, it also leaves much room for personal interpretation, explaining the success of this technique with pictorialist photographers such as Pierre-Antoine Demachy or Edward Steichen.

More recently, there is renewed interest in the process among contemporary photographers who are seeking alternative techniques such as Nancy Wilson-Pajic or Sally Mann.

Images from the top:
Charles Jacquin, L’abreuvoir de Javel, juin 1903. © Collection Petit Palais, Musée des Beaux-arts de la Ville de Paris
Détail agrandi x3 © Reproduction : ARCP / Mairie de Paris / Jean-Philippe Boiteux.
Détail agrandi x 30 © Reproduction : ARCP / Mairie de Paris / Jean-Philippe Boiteux.

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