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Allison Speedgraphic High-Angle Paper Negative Portrait 1986

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Allison - 4x5 paper negative

Studio shot, taken with ancient Speedgraphic 4x5 press camera.

What is most unusual about this picture is the fact that I shot directly onto paper, not film.

I developed the "paper negative" to normal density and then used a glass paper holder to hold the paper negative in direct contact with the printed paper. This sandwich was then exposed with the enlarger light - through the paper negative.

This process, after a little experimentation, yields interesting results - the only "grain" comes from the negative's fibres.

The detail in the eye of the model is quite sharp.


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