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En Vitesse

  • Object:


  • Date:

    1903 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Demachy, Robert, born 1859 - died 1936 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gum bichromate print

  • Credit Line:

    The Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A, acquired with the generous assistance of the National Lottery Heritage Fund and Art Fund

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level C, case MB2A, shelf DR111

Demachy came from a wealthy banking family and was one of the first automobile owners in France. He was a proponent of the gum bichromate process, a technique that allowed for brushwork and other manipulation, yielding pictures that looked more like paintings or drawings than photographs. Here, he used it to amplify the blur of a speeding car and the dust cloud in its wake.

Physical description

Photograph of a car travelling down a dirt road at high speed. A cloud of dust is shown behind the car.


1903 (photographed)


Demachy, Robert, born 1859 - died 1936 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Gum bichromate print


Height: 151 mm Image, Width: 237 mm Image

Descriptive line

Photograph by Robert Demachy, 'En Vitesse [Speed]', 1903, gum bichromate print


Photographic paper


Gum bichromate process; Photography


Photographs; The Royal Photographic Society; Portraits; RPS Digitisation Project


Royal Photographic Society Collection

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