The Valentine Days #1

© Ingrid Pollard. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Autograph

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Ingrid Pollard defines her work as 'a social practice concerned with representation, history and landscape with reference to race, difference and the materiality of lens-based media', often questioning social constructs such as Britishness, or the notion of home and belonging. This photograph is from the series 'The Valentine Days', commissioned by Autograph in 2017. For the series, Pollard hand-tinted large prints of postcards of Jamaica from the 1890s. Hand-tinting is a method of delicately adding colour to black-and-white photographs by using brushes, fingers or cotton swabs. The process is used to heighten the realism of an image. The original photograph was taken by the nineteenth-century Scottish company Valentine & Sons who were hired to make promotional photographs of Jamaica and the people who lived there.




The Valentine Days #1




giclée print on hand-tinted Hahnemuhle Bamboo Warmtone Fine Art paper


H 76 x W 90 cm

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commissioned by Autograph

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