Kate Atkin Photography

  • Flamenco; A Series in Albumen

    Albumen is a traditional process in photography that I have always been fascinated by. Invented in 1850, it was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print on a paper base from a negative. The process uses an emulsion of egg white (albumen) and salt (sodium chloride or ammonium chloride) coated onto a piece of paper and then dried. The paper is then coated in a solution of silver nitrate and water, making the surface sensitive to UV light. I created this series of work by placing negatives of a Flamenco dancer onto canvas and exposing under a UV lightbox.

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