c. 1915-1920: The “Negative Positive” Print

“Pictures one and two are midday photographs using standard B/W film or glass plate (circa 1915-20), unfiltered, and normally photographed and printed. It shows a springtime scene of a Japanese Tea House on a lake during Cherry Blossom time.

‘Whereas a foreign eye – possibly accustomed to seeing white, clapboard houses with dark windows – might initially think the Tea House to be a “negative”, it is actually dark wood with white papered windows.”

Gelatin silver print, attributed to T Enami

 

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