The son of a wealthy Parisian banker, Robert Demachy's financial independence enabled him to pursue his interests in music and art. Beginning in the 1880s, he made photographs in the pictorial style and in 1894 began to use the gum bichromate process, which allowed considerable handwork to be done on the print. Demachy was a prominent defender of the use of manipulative printing techniques, and wrote more than a thousand articles and numerous books on the technical processes and issues involved. With their soft details, reminiscent of Impressionist paintings, his photographs were greatly admired by his contemporaries.

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  • Title: Untitled
  • Creator: Robert Demachy (French, 1859-1936)
  • Date Created: c. 1900-1906
  • Physical Dimensions: Image: 21.6 x 17.8 cm (8 1/2 x 7 in.); Paper: 23.6 x 18.2 cm (9 5/16 x 7 3/16 in.); Matted: 45.7 x 35.6 cm (18 x 14 in.)
  • Provenance: Jacques Demachy
  • Type: Photograph
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1985.203
  • Medium: gum bichromate print
  • Inscriptions: Written in blue pencil on verso: "Coating too thick / not enough bichromate / to [sic] much development in / the high lights [sic] D"; in pencil on verso: "couche trop épouse"; "78"
  • Department: Photography
  • Culture: France, 20th century
  • Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Mann
  • Collection: PH - French 20th Century
  • Accession Number: 1985.203

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