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Alex Novak
08:06 PM ET (US)
Actually, the first versions of the autochrome were actually made in the 1890s, even though the process was patented later. For a full history of the process and 28 nice examples, just go to: http://www.iphotocentral.com/showcase/showcase_view.php/62/1/0 .
Jesse M.Person was signed in when posted
12:11 AM ET (US)
Very cool. But they're not actually 19th century, the intro page says the photographer developed the technique in the years just before WWI. I've always thought these early color photographs were fascinating, do a google search on "autochrome" and you can find some other examples, like these:


Here's two books collecting color pictures taken by photographers in various countries right after the turn of the century:

--"Art of the Autochrome" by John Wood
--"Early Color Photography" by Centre National de la Photographie (out of print, but used copies available on amazon)
Geri Sullivan
12:22 PM ET (US)
Many thanks for posting this! I saw the exhibit at the Library of Congress a couple of years ago and wondered what would happen to the rest of the images then.
Duncan Lawie
04:22 PM ET (US)
Looking at those photos, I had a moment when I wondered how they managed to pose the shot without getting a tarmac road or a telephone pole in the way. That was when it really hit me how deep the belief is that colour photos are from 'the now' rather than 'the past'.

Isn't there a Calvin and Hobbes cartoon where his dad is explaining that the whole world was b+w until the 1950s?
Edited 01-20-2004 04:22 PM
DopPerson was signed in when posted
04:31 AM ET (US)
It's amazing that pictures so old can look so fresh. Cool.

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