Eliot Porter (1901 – 1990)
POOL IN A BROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE, 1953
Dye Transfer Print
16 x 12 1/2 inches
New Hampshire, USA, North America, Museum purchase
POOL IN A BROOK, NEW HAMPSHIRE
Born in 1901, Eliot Porter is considered the “dean of American color photography”. The Metropolitan Museum of Art honored Porter with their first one-man color photography exhibition at the MET in 1979. The intensity and high saturation of Porter’s Colors are achieved through the dye transfer method. The original color image is decided into its primary colors with separation negatives, which are then used to produce positive, gelatin relief images. The gelatin soaks up dyes in proportion to the gelatin’s thickness. The dye-soaked image is transferred onto another sheet to reproduce the original color image.