sensibilizado con hollín

21:37 Feb 22, 2018
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Spanish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Paper / Paper Manufacturing
Spanish term or phrase: sensibilizado con hollín
This is the description of a technique used in a work by a contemporary artist from Paraguay. It appears in a caption, so no further context is available:

Papel de periódico en blanco sensibilizado con hollín y transferencias de imágenes de un periódico local

"sensitized with soot" hardly makes sense...

a reference to photographic paper??

Wendy Gosselin
Local time: 20:14

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Helena Chavarria

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Reference: Cliché-verre?

Reference information:

A cliché verre is, strictly speaking, a photographic print. To produce a cliché verre, a design is scratched on a piece of smoked glass so that light can pass through where the soot has been removed. A piece of photographic paper is placed underneath the glass and together they are exposed to light. The blackened area of the glass thus acts as a stencil, protecting the sheet below from the light, resulting in the appearance of black lines on the paper corresponding to the lines that were scratched through the soot. Corot first used this technique in the 1850s.

Translated from French, ‘cliché-verre’ means glass picture. The 19th century French painters Corot, Millet, Daubigny and others, used this method of making pictures, which involves creating a hand made negative. These artists took pieces of flat glass, smoked them with a lit candle, and drew images in the soot-covered surface with a sharp pointed instrument. Then they would place the glass over a sheet of photographic paper and expose it to light.

When light passes through the clear parts of the glass that is scratched, it produces a line drawing in black on a white background. Contact prints made from these negatives have a wonderful sense of belonging to the realms of both drawing and photography.

Helena Chavarria
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neutral  philgoddard: I don't think it's this, because the soot appears to be on a sheet of newsprint.
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  -> I posted this information because it's helped me discover that soot is indeed used to sensitive photographic paper. Phil, thank you for your opinion :-)
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