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Note on Tripe's Prints

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Unless noted, all of the prints in this exhibition were made from paper negatives. Tripe worked during a transitional period in photographic printmaking when plain salted paper prints were giving way to albumen prints. He typically coated his paper with dilute albumen after which he applied a light-sensitizing solution. Following exposure and fixing, he usually toned his photographs with gold to achieve a distinctive tonality and greater permanence. Unlike earlier salted paper prints or later glossier albumen prints made on commercially prepared paper, Tripe’s have a delicate, subtle sheen.