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Albumen Print

An albumen print is a type of photographic print made using albumen (egg white) as a binder for the photographic chemicals, which are typically silver salts. The albumen print was the most common form of photographic print from the 1850s to the turn of the 20th century, and it was used for both black-and-white and color photographs.

To make a print, a sheet of paper is first coated with a solution of albumen and then dried. The dried paper is then sensitized with a solution of silver nitrate, which makes it light-sensitive. The paper is exposed to light through a negative, and the resulting image is developed using a solution of gallic acid and silver nitrate. The print is then washed to remove any remaining chemicals and dried.

Albumen prints are known for their warm tone, rich contrast, and sharp detail. They were widely used for portrait photography, as well as for landscapes and other subjects. Today, they are valued for their historical and artistic significance, and they are collected by museums and private collectors around the world.

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