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Towards Los Angeles, 1937

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Colorized by Jordan J. Lloyd
based on an original negative nitrate by Dorothea Lange
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  • Collectible giclée fine art print;
  • Hand-printed in England, with individual embossing;
  • Ships with a Certificate of Authenticity;
  • Guaranteed archival quality for over a century;
  • Each sale directly supports the artisan;
  • Global shipping available;
  • Listed dimensions include a white border for easy framing

ABOUT THIS IMAGE

Taken March 1937, California, United States
(Library of Congress)

"Full disclosure: I've wanted to colorize this iconic shot by Dorothea Lange for a very long time. One of the few limitations of public archives is sometimes you don't have access to the best quality version of the original. In this case, the high resolution scan was taken from a reproduction of the original negative, and much of the detail had been obliterated in the darker areas.

Looking at another copy of the original negative privately owned by the MoMA by contrast, there's a huge difference in quality. So, I waited for about eight years. Approaching the photograph this time round, I now had a workflow I've developed over the years combining my restoration tools with AI to be able to enlarge and sharpen the public domain image sufficiently. Next, I then used another negative from the same roll where the men are further down the road, and I was able to composite the detail from the alternative shot into the public domain reproduction. The final result is an image that isn't quite as good as MoMA's and grainier to match the public domain reproduction, but there's a lot of detail now, where there wasn't before.

There isn't a great deal of ephemera of Southern Pacific Lines floating around, but I did find a poster produced in the same period where the logo was a desaturated blue, as well as some references from famed illustrator Fred Ludekens who did some 1930s era advertising for the line. Hopefully I've nailed the overall tone of the California desert. All in, a surprisingly difficult image to do, but worth the considerable effort."

– Jordan J. Lloyd

This historical photograph has been meticulously researched and rendered into colour from a black and white original by a skilled artisan, continuing a craft tradition that has existed since photography began.

PROVENANCE
ORIGINAL CAPTION

"Toward Los Angeles, California."

ABOUT OUR PRINTS
LISTED SIZES
Our prints come in popular sizes with a white border for easy framing.

S – 23 × 23 cm / 9 × 9 inches
M – 32 × 32 cm / 12.6 × 12.6 inches
L – 50 × 50 cm / 19.7 × 19.7 inches
XXL – 91 × 91 cm / 35.8 × 35.8 inches

OUR PAPER STOCK
Presented on 315gsm Hahnemühle Photo Rag® Baryta; a pleasantly warm, pure cotton paper with subtle texture, providing excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep blacks, and perfect contrasts. More information about our prints can be found here.
THE SMALL PRINT
‘Made–to–Order’ colorized fine art prints, proudly produced in St. Leonards, East Sussex, England. This is a derivative work. Photographs for illustration purposes only. Please note that all giclée art prints are currently supplied unframed. More information about shipping and returns can be found here.