Silver gelatin print – a definition

Silver gelatin print definition

Silver Gelatin Print
A silver gelatin print is a black and white photographic print where silver salts are suspended in a layer of gelatin, layered on to a fibre base paper, to record a picture projected on to the paper.

After projection, a sequence of chemicals are used to make the projected image visible (development) and then permanent (fixing).

A silver gelatin print is capable of receiving a variety of different treatments, both during development and after fixing, which can alter the printed image. This assists a printer or photographer to reach a personal rendition of the photographed subject. Silver gelatin prints are used for fine−art print presentation. The silver gelatin print is different to a resin coated print; the differences may be discussed in a future article.

In our mini-series of definitions, we additionally have our definitions of:
Analogue photography;
Black and white photography;
Photographic film.

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