While there have been
many different photographic processes and prints, you will be
glad to know that well over ninety nine percent of all of history's
paper photographs belong to three types of prints:
Albumen prints, the most popular photograph of the
1800s. Almost all those 1800s CDVs and cabinet cards have albumen
Gelatin-silver prints, the most popular 1900s black
and white photograph. Almost all those wirephotos, old b/w family
snapshots and Hollywood press photos are gelatin-silver.
C-prints or chromogenic prints, the most popular true
color photograph. Almost all of your family color photos and
color photos of atheletes are c-prints.
The next three chapters will focus on these three processes.
Later chapters will cover other, rarer processes.
The collector who is able to identify and judge the age of
prints is able to identify both vintage and reprinted photographs.
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