A contact print is a photographic image produced from a film, usually a negative, The defining characteristic of a contact print is that the photographic result is made by exposing through the film original onto a light sensitive material pressed tightly to the film. Since this process produces neither enlargement nor reduction, the image on the paper print is exactly the same size as the image on the negative meaning a whole 35mm film can be viewed as one contact sheet if needed. Useful as an aid in the selection of images for further enlargement, cataloguing and identification.
Edith Amelia (née Ward), Lady Wolverton as Britannia
by Bert Longworth
The wedding of Prince George, Duke of Kent and Princess Marina, Duchess of Kent
by Bassano Ltd
29 November 1934
Tony Hancock; Sid James; the cast and crew of 'Hancock'
by Bob Collins
by Ida Kar
by Ronald Traeger
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