Techniques and Equipment

Masked Negatives

Masked negative

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Left:
Negative masked with translucent paper, with cut-outs added to define specific objects
Showroom, S.J. Waring & Sons, Manchester, 1897
© English Heritage: BL14017 [negative]

Right: Showroom, S. J. Waring & Sons, Manchester, 1897
© English Heritage: BL14017


A layer of translucent paper was sometimes applied to glass negatives. Shapes corresponding to objects or areas within the negative would be cut out of the paper. When printed, the uncovered objects or areas would show more detail. This meant that decorative items such as pottery and paintings could be made to stand out within a darker room setting.

 
 
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