Dye-transfer print

A type of colour print made by a series of related processes in which three carefully superimposed layers of dye are transferred to a gelatin-coated base. The dye-transfer process, which has come a long way since its origins in the 1870s, is time-consuming but permits a lot of control of results and produces a relatively permanent print that does not contain silver.

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Vivien Leigh, by Madame Yevonde, 1936 - NPG  - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

Vivien Leigh
by Madame Yevonde
NPG P742

Vita Sackville-West, by Gisèle Freund, 1939 - NPG  - © Estate Gisèle Freund / IMEC Images

Vita Sackville-West
by Gisèle Freund
NPG P437

Madame Yevonde, by Madame Yevonde, 1940 - NPG  - © Yevonde Portrait Archive

Madame Yevonde
by Madame Yevonde
NPG P620

Yehudi Menuhin, by Bernard Lee (

Yehudi Menuhin
by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
14 May 1977
NPG P1209

Dame Antoinette Sibley and Eloise Sibley, by Bernard Lee (

Dame Antoinette Sibley and Eloise Sibley
by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
24 June 1977
NPG P1254

George Harrison, by Arnold Newman, 1978 - NPG  - © Arnold Newman / Getty Images

George Harrison
by Arnold Newman
NPG P150(19)

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