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Image of Morning Meditation, The Ganges, Banaras, India

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Morning Meditation, The Ganges, Banaras, India

Linda Stevens Connor, American, b. 1944

Creation date: 1988

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Type: Photograph
Medium and Support: Gelatin silver print
Credit Line: Anonymous gift in honor of Richard and Patricia Amtower
Accession Number: 2007.38
Dimensions: 7 11/16 in. x 9 11/16 in. (19.53 cm x 24.61 cm)

Provenance

Joshua P. Smith, San Francisco, California ( - May 19, 2007)

Linda Connor, San Francisco, California (1988 - )

Rago Arts and Auction Center, Lambertville, New Jersey (May 19, 2007 - May 19, 2007)

Derrick R. Cartwright, San Diego, California (May 19, 2007 - June 19, 2007)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (June 19, 2007 - )

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October 2007
Going Places: A Series on the Travels of Artists, Objects, and Tastes between Asia and the West
Now known as Varanasi, the city of Banaras in northern India is a place of deep religious and cultural significance, as it is the venerated pilgrimage destination for followers of Hinduism and a center for religious studies. It is believed that by dying there, one would be released from the cycle of rebirth. This holy city is situated on the banks of the river Ganga (Ganges), where pilgrims perform ritual ablutions. Connor depicts a quiet personal moment in the daily activities that take place on the river. This photograph belongs to Connor’s project begun in 1967, during which she explores the connection between nature and the ancient, spiritual environments, and the way these aspects reveal—for example—India today. Connor’s prints have undergone gold toning—a process which modifies the color of the image, popularized by the influential French photographer Gustav Le Gray in 1850. When the photograph is produced on printing-out paper—which was coated with silver chloride set in a gelatin emulsion—it is placed in a bath of gold chloride. During this process, the size and shape of the silver particles are changed through the replacement of silver atoms by gold atoms, thus yielding a rich, reddish brown tone. Because the toning process is dependent on many variables, such as the temperature and pH strength of the gold toning bath, each print is unique and never looks like another.
Last Updated: 2/22/2021

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Photographs from the Estate of Joshua P. Smith Rago Arts and Auction Center. Lambertsville, New Jersey, May 19, 2007
Page Number: 130 Lot no. 214, Figure Number: 214

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