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These stones are coated with bitumen of Judea which, once exposed to daylight through a negative, hardens and renders the areas exposed to light insoluble.

They are then etched with acid. The inks prepared by the printer are finally applied to each of the stones, to achieve a transfer onto smooth high quality postcard sized paper. This technique leaves a great deal of scope for the creativity and interpretation of the person producing the work, enabling him/her to accentuate contrast and tonality.

The subjects covered are most frequently well-known views, great monuments and even important events. Those who employed this technique included the French photographer Félix Bonfils, the British photographer Francis Frith and the American photographer William Henry Jackson.

Today, photochrom prints feature in numerous collections, including in that of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris and the Bibliothèque Forney in Paris, the Musée suisse de l’appareil photographique in Vevey, the Whitney Museum in New York, and the Library of Congress in Washington.

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