Exhibitions/ Art Object


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.)
Credit Line:
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.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," October 10, 2012–January 27, 2013.

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. "Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop," June 2, 2013–August 25, 2013.

Fineman, Mia. Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. no. 55, pp. 80, 222.