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Antique Photographs – Medan Sumatra – A mix of albumen prints, ( albumen silver print ).
A very rare collection of 43 antique photographs – Deli, Medan Sumatra.

By Charles J. Kleingrothe, (1864 – 1925), a German photographer who worked in Singapore in 1889 and had a studio in Medan, Sumatra between 1889 and 1925. In 1891 Kleingrothe partnered with the Swedish photographer H. Stafhell for ten years and photographed the landscapes and architecture as well as portraits. In addition to photographs of Singapore and North Sumatra, Kleingrothe photographed Penang, Malaya in his Malay Peninsula Portfolio. In 1901, the partnership ended and in 1902 Kleingrothe opened a studio on Kesawan Street in downtown Medan and photographed agricultural subjects including tobacco, coffee, tea, rubber and palm oil cultivation, administration and transport.

The albumen print, also called albumen silver print, was introduced in 1847, and was the first commercially exploitable method of producing a photographic print on a paper base from a negative. It used the albumen found in egg whites to bind the photographic chemicals to the paper and became the dominant form of photographic positives from 1855 to the turn of the 20th century, with a peak in the 1860-90 period. This technology allowed for the rapid growth of commercial photography making it possible for a photographer to sell multiple copies of the same image and therefore have an inventory of photographs to sell.

Date: Round 1900
Color: Black and white
Condition: All prints in very good condition; spine of the folder-box loose and
requires repair.
Dimensions: Round 265 x 185 mm. and 330 x 250 mm. Mounted on cardboard measuring 570 x 395 mm.
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