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Chromogenic Print

Chromogenic prints, also called C-prints or color-coupler prints, were the most common color photographs from the second half of the twentieth century into the twenty-first century, until the advent of digital processes. A chromogenic print is made (usually from a negative) on a paper coated with three gelatin layers, each containing a different dye (cyan, magenta, and yellow), which is formed during development and which together make a full-color image. The first commercially available color print process was Kodacolor which was introduced in 1942 and became especially popular among amateur photographers. As problems with dye instability were addressed, particularly in the 1980s, more artists used chromogenic materials and their use continues today.

Mulholland at the Hollywood Overlook, Los Angeles, California 1992

1992, chromogenic print

Karen Halverson

born Syracuse, NY 1941