Mitchell Funk, ‘Central Park in Negative Color’, 1970, Robert Funk Fine Art

Mitchell Funk is a very early pioneer of color photography. In this striking image, he is using negative color to give an simultaneous beautiful yet eerie effect . Remarkably, Central Park is completely devoid human presence with the exception of a lone figure. Left center you will see a skyscraper. It's the Gulf and Western building which in 1970 was the lone modern skyscraper on the upper-westside. Transparency film, ( in this case Etkachome X ) was processed with C44 negative film chemistry which inverted the colors. Kodachrome was not used because the dedicated Kodak Lab in Fairlawn New Jersey would not do it. So Funk always used the custom lab K& L in New York City. Etkachrome is a little more of snappy and contrasty but was not as fine grain as Kodachrome, yet still Funk is able to achieve great detail and sharpness.

Signature: Signed and dated on lower right, numbered on verso, unframed. Other sizes available, printed later, other sizes available

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