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First Color Photographs

    The world of color came into light only after 1907 as the Lumière brothers created a process called Autochrome. It looked like photography would be stuck in the black and white domain since it was created in the 1820’s. There exists very little in color in the early inception of the newly discovered process. Many photographs did not survive due to wars or neglect. French-Jewish capitalist Albert Kahn managed to collect over 180,000 meters of b/w film and more than 72,000 autochrome plates and archived the annals of human history in a rare glimpse of foreign societies and our own. See more>>

    Autochrome was the first industrial process for true colour photography. When the Lumière brothers launched it commercially in June 1907, it was a photograhic revolution – black and white came to life in colour. Autochromes consist of fine layers of microscopic grains of potato starch – dyed either red-orange, green or violet blue – combined with black carbon particles, spread over a glass plate where it is combined with a black and white photographic emulsion. All colours can be reproduced from three primary colours.

    Tony M.