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Edward Steichen took this picture in 1904, three years prior to the color photographic process was invented. Steichen was able to produce a color photograph by applying layers of light sensitive gums to the surface. There are currently three prints in existence and each has its own unique appearance due to the imperfection of the coloring technique.
The photograph largely resembles a painting due to the added color, and the softness of the edges. In the past, pictures had always had very crisp edges and catching details, especially when photograph inanimate objects, due to the size of the negative. Steichen’s photo did not have the sharp edges thus creating a more classic look that was not extremely popular at the time. This also adds to the mystery of the photograph. It is hard to distinguish some objects, as the trees start to blend together towards the sides of the frame. It leaves much for the viewer to decipher and adds to the viewing experience.
This picture was taken of a lake in Mamaroneck New York, and in 2006 was sold for $2.9 Million, which is the highest selling price for a picture at auction in history.

I will type in my stuff but I handed Jackson my only copy.