Todd Walker (1917 – 1998) left a successful career in commercial photography to pursue artistic experiments and teaching (including University of Florida and University of Arizona.) He was innovative in his use of image manipulation by use of light and printing techniques, and later computer techniques before Photoshop.
In the 1960′ and early 1970′s he created a series of works based on original photographs of the nude, often using the Sabattier effect. This effect in which the print is exposed to light during development was already known in the mid-19th century, and was later discovered, often by accident, by later photographers such as Man Ray.
This 9 3/4 x 7 3/4 – inch gelatin silver print is signed in pencil verso, with “Untitled 1970″ and “Silver print, Sabattier Effect” and Copyright 1970. It was acquired from the artist.