It brings colour into our early lives… The Autochrome

Autochrome published Aug 1925 issue of National Geographic

In 1907 one of the worlds first successful method for producing colour pictures, produced Impressionist-like images with delicate colors. In 2006 the feature film The Illusionist tried to recreate the look.

Autochrome published Aug 1925 issue of National Geographic

This process of early colour photography was called the Autochrome, it was a complicated process using, of all things… potatoes. Autochrome photographs are produced by a glass plate coated on one side with dyed grains of potato starch under a silverhalide emulsion.

The Lumière brothers patented the autochrome lumiere in 1903 and it was first marketed for broader use in 1907.

In 1909 Albert Kahn, a millionaire French banker sent his photographers to more than 50 countries. Their photographs and films documented the collapse of the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland and the soldiers of the First World War. Get inspired by this man and his ambitious project to document the world. Watch one part of the BBC series The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn here.

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