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Dye Transfer Print

A dye transfer print is a full-color print made of cyan, magenta, and yellow dyes, transferred individually onto a sheet of gelatin-coated paper. The most successful of the dye imbibitions processes, dye transfer was introduced by Kodak in 1945. The process is labor-intensive, involving the creation and precise application of intermediary materials capable of absorbing and releasing the dyes. This gives photographers great control over color and the final images are noted for their rich hues and translucency. By the late 1990s, use of the process declined as the materials became unavailable.

Tricycle (Memphis)

ca. 1975, printed 1980, dye transfer print

William Eggleston

born Memphis, TN 1939