contact print


Definition of contact print

: a photographic print made with the negative in contact with the sensitized paper, plate, or film

Examples of contact print in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Films weren’t protected by copyright until 1912 but photos were, so savvy producers deposited their films as paper contact prints (entire motion pictures were submitted that way). Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Film Treasures, Streaming Courtesy of the Library of Congress," 3 Apr. 2020 These nanoparticles are photosensitive, resembling the silver chloride contact printing paper still used in today's darkrooms. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "After 172 Years, We Now Know How the First Color Photograph Was Made," 1 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of contact print

1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Contact print.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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