Contact Sheets

Hand-tinted contact sheets from Richard Avedon, includes Marilyn Monroe, Margaret Thatcher, John and Jackie Kennedy, John Lennon, James Dean, Che Quevera, Jack Nicholson, Grace Kelly, and Madonna.

A contact sheet is a photographic image produced from film; sometimes from a film negative, and sometimes from a film positive. In a darkroom an exposed and developed piece of photographic film is placed emulsion side down, in contact with a piece of photographic paper, light is briefly shone through the negative and then the paper is developed to reveal the final print.