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What the Heart Wants

(Mordançage Prints)

Mordançage is an unusual and rare alternative photographic process created by Jean-Pierre Sudre that alters silver gelatin prints to give them a degraded effect. The mordançage solution chemically bleaches the print so that it can be redeveloped, and it lifts the black areas of the emulsion away from the paper giving the appearance of veils. Once the emulsion is lifted, it can then be removed or manipulated depending on the desired outcome. Areas where the emulsion was removed appear to be in relief.