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LEIGHTON, J. Harold.
Collection of exhibition prints,
1920s–1940s. Approximately 80 mostly gum bichromate (also known as gum dichromate) prints, each 4¼ x 6 inches (10.8 x 15.2 cm.), most inscribed by Leighton below in pencil, many also titled on verso, mounted on thick card, some with tissue guards, 33 with exhibition labels or information on verso; presented in original cloth-covered folding portfolio with Leighton's bookplate on inside cover; very seldom, minor spots, some creases or tears to guards, portfolio a little worn, but overall a very excellent set of prints.An impressive international exhibition portfolio - by renowned Pictorialist and an expert in this process.Leighton, a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and prominent Pictorialist from Bradford, was a great promoter of the gum bichromate process. He said that 'among the many photographic printing processes there is none more fascinating than thegum-bichromate. It lends itself especially to pictorial work, and has the great advantage of being cheap. There are no doubt many ways of working the process, and I should imagine every worker has his own particular way of working according to the results he wishes to obtain' (The American Annual of Photography, Vol. 38, 1924, p. 40). The ability to manipulate the process to achieve one's own artistic ends was part of the appeal of this very 'hands-on' method of photographic printing. At its simplest the photographer coated a piece of paper with a mixture of a salt (usually ammonium or potassium bichromate), gum arabic and a coloured pigment. This sensitized paper was placed in contact with the negative and exposed … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Bernard Quaritch Ltd ABA ILAB [London, United Kingdom]
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