For your consideration, five vintage sepia tones silver gelatin prints of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, circa 1980. These highly atmospheric studies of the tombstones of this famous cemetery were created prior to that venerable site's renovation and are from the era when the cemetery was in stages of neglect and decay. The cemetery, where many of Hollywood's earliest and most famous stars are interned, is the most famous and exclusive in Los Angeles. These five portraits are original hand-printed and sepia toned silver gelatin works, quite possibly one of a kind. Words can not accurately describe the subtle tones and soft-focus qualities of these pre-digital works; they have a other-worldly quality that have an authenticity and presence that are not to found in digital imagery. These highly long-toned and luminescent images are printed on pre-E.P.A. silver gelatin paper these papers were high in cadmium and other rare-earth elements that are now presently banned from modern printing papers. The image size of each is 6 ¾" x 6 ¾", and all are dry mounted to 11" x 14" museum board and housed within their original vintage Plexiglas frames (if desired, the photographs can be easily taken from their frames and re-framed). Each image is signed and dated; the photographer's signature is not fully legible, but I think it reads "Townes".The photographs are in excellent condition, with no scratches, fading, or damage (they were photographed in their Plexiglas frames which pick up reflections, and the normal wear of the plastic reflective surface, the photographs are, themselves, in superb condition). All images are identical in their color toning (the only appear slightly different in the documentation photos). This set is perfect lining the hall of a home, clustered as a group in bedroom or living room, or to add to the décor of a restaurant or café. These are the real deal.
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