Oscar Gustave Rejlander, Two Ways of Life, 1857, albumen print, 31

Just a Second: Combination Print

Combination Print (noun)

A printing technique in photography, popular in the nineteenth century, in which a photographer would compose a final image using more than one negative.  To make the combination print, the photographer would expose only a section of the print at a time.

Oscar Rijlander combined thirty-two separate images to make this one photographic print entitled The Two Ways of Life, an allegory that depicts an older man showing a younger one how best to live his life.

See this and other combination prints in the exhibition Faking It: Manipulated Photography Before Photoshop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The exhibition closes on January 27, 2013.