Olga Nethersole woodburytype zoomified
Let me decode that headline:
Olga Nethersole (1867-1951) was an actress and a celebrity in England and America. She is a perfect subject to demonstrate the woodburytype.
Woodburytype was a process for printing high quality black and white photographs, used from the late 1860s until about 1900. This Woodburytype print of Olga makes a fine test for zoomify
Zoomify is software for zooming and panning website images.
The internet comes to my desktop through fibre-to-the-premises, and displays on a pair of crisp Eizo screens. I can quaff web content by the gallon, but I know you might still have a slow connection and a small screen. Whatever your setup, I hope you can zoom, pan, and generally enjoy this image of Miss Nethersole. Do try the toggle full page view button.
Even with zoomify, it’s not the same as holding the original Woodburytype print—but it’s close.
William and Daniel Downey, royal photographers, took many portraits of England’s rich and famous. This could be one of their best—the light, the gesture, the detail in her dress. But poor Olga is laced so tight it hurts to look at her. How technology has advanced—now we can produce such body distortions, painlessly, with photoshop.