Proof : Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet - the exhibition catalogue from The Cleveland Museum of Art available to buy at Museum Bookstore

Proof : Photography in the Era of the Contact Sheet

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A handsome volume offers an innovative perspective on the artistic processes of some of the most influential photographers of the 20th century

For decades before the advent of digital technology, the proof sheet or contact sheet was vital to the practice of photography. Photographers using roll film first saw positive images in the small-scale grid of the contact, which was marked for printing and served as a lasting reference.

Because contact sheets typically remained out of view, they offer a privileged window into the working process. Photographers also recognized aesthetic potential in the proof sheet itself and occasionally presented the contact grid as a finished work of art. The lively but largely unexplored territory of the contact sheet is richly represented in the previously unpublished collection assembled by Mark Schwartz and Bettina Katz.

  • Author: Peter Galassi
  • Hardcover: 272 pages | 210 colour and black and white illustrations
  • Date published: February 2020
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300250077
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 25.1 cm

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