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#1 Dennis

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 09:58 AM

Before 1907, if you wanted a color photograph then you (well, a professional colorist) basically had to color it in using different dyes and pigments, but two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière changed all that with a game-changing process that they called the Autochrome Lumière. Using dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion, they were able to produce vibrant photographs without the need for additional colorization. Despite being difficult to manufacture and also somewhat expensive, the process was very popular among amateur photographers and one of the world's first books of color photography was published using the Autochrome Lumière technique.

See them here; http://www.boredpand...-auguste-louis/

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Posted 17 June 2017 - 12:54 PM

Many thanks for sharing this, Dennis.

 

I went through all 12 pages of images.  I have to tip my hat to the brothers.  Very impressive, for the time.  :)


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 03:45 PM

Wow great story Dennis ... thanks. Lovely old photos.


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:39 PM

Thanks, Dennis!

 

For technology over 100 years old, and even considering the primitiveness of the lenses, these images are stunning!

 

The softness of the color probably owes itself to the lenses (achromatic) as much as the dyes used.  At this late date, it's probably a bit difficult to tell.  There's probably some degradation over time, so the original images may have been very vivid.  The process probably traveled well, since the photos are from around the world.

 

Don't you wish Ektachrome held up this well after even 50 years!  :rolleyes:   :rolleyes:


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Posted 17 June 2017 - 05:58 PM

Oh wow I was blown away these are fantastic!

 

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