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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by jnantz View Post
    .. the appraiser seemed to believe the images were quite valuable ...
    Prints made for publication might have value because they can be historically significant or have been made by or for a well-known photographer. However, they are rarely the best prints since for black and white they need to be printed flatter than ideal as the image gains contrast upon reproduction. Also, retouching can sometimes be crude, since the nuances would not make it to the printed page of the publication. I remember seeing a large print on display at a gallery of Horst's well-known Mainbocher corset photo. There was a lot of spotting of the black background and it was quite apparent from a foot away.

    As far as fixing and washing publicity photos, I don't know if that was done to what would be considered archival standards. That takes extra time and effort for what is essentially a disposable print.

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by Pieter View Post
    Prints made for publication might have value because they can be historically significant or have been made by or for a well-known photographer. However, they are rarely the best prints since for black and white they need to be printed flatter than ideal as the image gains contrast upon reproduction. Also, retouching can sometimes be crude, since the nuances would not make it to the printed page of the publication. I remember seeing a large print on display at a gallery of Horst's well-known Mainbocher corset photo. There was a lot of spotting of the black background and it was quite apparent from a foot away.

    As far as fixing and washing publicity photos, I don't know if that was done to what would be considered archival standards. That takes extra time and effort for what is essentially a disposable print.
    The negatives I have look pretty good and made nice contact prints. A little time spent with them could fix some of the bright spots. It seems they used some bright lights during the shoots. This image as an example
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    I have this negative and the contact print is light in the top left which is easily fixed in the darkroom if needed.

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by jtomasella View Post
    Photographer was Gastavo Paraas. I couldn't find much on him except that he was based in NY. Not sure what movies they were or the other actors. I'll have a video up on YouTube in two weeks if you care to see the rest of the pictures.
    What's your channel name? Nice prints.

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by jtomasella View Post
    Not sure but this is the only other info I have. The company was dissolved in the late 90's. Probably because the photographer died and left it to the family.
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    I think the company formally lasted until 2000. The CEO/President was Mrs Paraas, but I forgot her first name. Not much seems known about them or their company.

    EDIT: HERE... https://opencorporates.com/companies/us_ny/152250

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by Certain Exposures View Post
    What's your channel name? Nice prints.
    Just my name, John Tomasella. The video of the prints will be out next Saturday

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    The video is now live for those who want to see all the pictures.

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    link? thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by jtomasella View Post
    The video is now live for those who want to see all the pictures.

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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    The film with Hepburn and Charles Boyer, Break of Hearts, is on YouTube. During the war, it was adapted as a radio play, with an introduction by Cecile B. DeMille and starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. That version is also on YouTube.
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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by r.e. View Post
    The film with Hepburn and Charles Boyer, Break of Hearts, is on YouTube. During the war, it was adapted as a radio play, with an introduction by Cecile B. DeMille and starring Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth. That version is also on YouTube.
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    Re: Katherine Hepburn negatives - which film?

    Quote Originally Posted by newtorf View Post
    link? thanks!
    https://youtu.be/Piqu-zsqMj4

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