May 19, 2016

Stunning Vintage Portrait Photography Using Gum-Bichromate Process by Robert Demachy from the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries

Robert Demachy was the leading French proponent of Pictorialism and the director of the Photo-Club de Paris, the French parallel to the American Photo-Secession (led by Alfred Stieglitz), the Viennese Kleeblatt, and the British Brotherhood of the Linked Ring. Like his American and European counterparts, Demachy produced and promoted a type of photography that self-consciously evoked drawing and painting-part of an effort to distinguish his pictures from the products of amateur snap shooters and commercial photographers.

Demachy was particularly interested in nonstandard photographic processes and is noted especially for his revival of the gum bichromate process. Here's some of his amazing work:


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