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Camille Silvy (French, 1835–1869)
Albumen silver print from glass negatives
Image: 27 x 21.6 cm (10 5/8 x 8 1/2 in.)
Frame: 53 x 40.3 cm (20 7/8 x 15 7/8 in.)
The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Not on view
Silvy followed up the success of River Scene with a series of photographic studies of light and atmosphere, staged on the streets of London near his elegant portrait studio. Twilight, the most artful and dramatic of the series, is a seamless composite of at least four negatives that were probably made in full daylight to shorten the exposure times. Silvy painted various details on the negatives, including the shadowy reflections of the figures on the wet sidewalk and the glowing flame of the streetlamp.