noun

  • A photographic print made by placing a negative directly on to sensitized paper, glass, or film and illuminating it.

    • ‘But now, with everything computerised, there are no contact prints.’
    • ‘Using photographic paper and light, he produces what you could call contact prints of materials other than negatives.’
    • ‘The work is a contact print whose central off-square image resulted from placing six contiguous negative strips, cut from a single roll of unexposed film, upon a sheet of photosensitive paper.’
    • ‘Although only a handful of the glass plate negatives survive, various albums and collections of the contact prints lay buried until the 1970s, when they were rediscovered.’
    • ‘In the late 1960s the Chicago photographer was handling a sheet of 35 mm contact prints.’
    • ‘The resulting contact prints shown here are, with one exception, not the cyanotypes and calotypes of the self-portraits.’
    • ‘These photographs of clouds, frequently issued as contact prints, measure a mere 3 5/8 by 4 5/8 inches.’
    • ‘The artist conveys his approach to his subjects by studying three or four consecutive images on 35 millimeter contact prints.’
    • ‘In fact, all of his photographs are contact prints and not enlarged.’
    • ‘In the middle of the book there were two 4x5 contact prints which Carl had captioned ‘My first Mustang.’’
    • ‘Taken between 1910 and 1960, many of the untitled and anonymous images are contact prints and, as such, small enough to fit in the hand.’
    • ‘The print room has a rich collection of portraits made in the Imperial format - large paper contact prints made from oversize glass-plate negatives - that were meant to be framed and hung like paintings.’
    • ‘Many 8 x 10 photographers, in fact, contact print.’
    • ‘But I thought the big contact prints, that showed the plants exactly, were just great.’
    • ‘Today his full-frame, black-and-white, 8-by-10-inch contact prints still aspire to the overall clarity consistent with the view-camera genre.’
    • ‘I have had contact prints that require 45 or 50 minute exposures.’
    • ‘Contact prints from the oversized negatives are photographs of remarkable richness, depth, and detail.’
    • ‘There is nothing in photography quite as beautiful and glowing as a large-format contact print on special contact print paper.’
    • ‘For the connoisseur, a contact print, the result of printing the negative directly onto photographic paper, achieves what many consider the ultimate in a photographic print.’
    • ‘An unadorned contact print using an X-ray alone results in dark bones on a white background, and it lacks distinctiveness.’

verb

  • [with object] Make a contact print from (a negative)

    ‘the negative was developed and then contact-printed’
    • ‘Once the tissue is dry, the photographer contact prints his negative onto the tissue.’
    • ‘Smith shoots the old photos with high-contrast film to make an enlarged and grainy negative that is contact-printed onto watercolor paper coated with gelatin and a light-sensitive solution.’
    • ‘I could probably get all the equipment I'd need to develop and contact print the results, too, by scouring the local junk shops.’
    • ‘Another modification in the lesson is to contact-print an X-ray, process and dry the print, and then contact-print that with another sheet of photo paper.’
    • ‘After the emulsion dries, he contact prints his negatives directly onto the paper.’