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Re: Steichen image in April's 'Vanity Fair'

Well, okay, since no one would answer my question I spent the
afternoon out in a roaring sleetstorm looking for a copy of the April
Vanity Fair to answer the question for myself. I went to the library
and all the stores that might carry general interest magazines in my
nearest big town, and no one has the April issue available yet.

I was curious which print of Steichen's was reproduced, in an effort
to make sense of the statement made earlier in this thread: ""There
was a good article on this image in Photo On Campus about the one
that sold for 3 million. That was a gum print, but it says there
were three prints of this negative made so I wonder how the third one
was made."

For the record, the print that sold for $2.9 million was not a gum
print, but gum over platinum. There were two other prints made from
the same negative; one of them, which Stieglitz gave to the
Metropolitan in 1933 and is still in the Met's collection AFAIK, has
been analyzed and is believed to be hand-applied colori over
platinum. The third, which is owned by MOMA, is platinum and

I found an image online from the current Steichen exhibition at
Greenberg that we can actually all look at so we can all be on the
same page; I don't know if this is the one that was reproduced in
Vanity Fair, and I also don't know why it seems to be on a gay
website. The point is that it's an example of cyanotype over
palladium, which Tom was asking about, and I think it's absolutely
stunning. I have a number of Steichen monographs but I've never seen
this particular image before. I wouldn't have believed it possible
to get such warm flesh tones simply from a combination of palladium
and cyanotype, but I'm told by someone who used to print with this
combination that this is typical of the combination of processes.
This is the first time ever that I have wished to print in any
process than gum; I really love the way this looks.



On Mar 9, 2009, at 11:45 AM, Katharine Thayer wrote:

I don't have Vanity Fair in front of me and it would take some
traveling to find one; can someone enlighten me as to which print
is reproduced in the magazine? Thanks,

On Mar 7, 2009, at 8:21 PM, Tom Hawkins wrote:

Hi Folks,

I know it’s only a magazine reproduction, but...

In the April issue of Vanity Fair (p.61) there’s an image from a
Steichen exhibit currently at Greenberg in NYC.

It’s described as a “palladium ferroprusiate print.”

Am I correct in assuming that’s a gum over palladium?