Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early 1900's in Colour

What is autochrome?
When I stumbled upon these historical photographs online, and learned about this industrial process I was amazed!

"Autochrome was the first industrial process for true colour photography. When the Lumiere brothers launched in commercially in June 1907, it was a photographic revolution - black and white came to life in clour. 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."

These pictures are absolutely amazing! Don't get me wrong, I love black and white photos, but to see these old historical pictures come to life with color...well, it completely changes the tone and feel of the images. To actually see the colors they wore, the colors of the their surroundings, the color of their's just so beautiful. Here were some of my favorites:

below: algeria
this photo below was taken during WWI. I love the way she is holding her little doll.

Read about where they got these photos and see more of them HERE
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  1. wow that's actually really cool. Imagine how much more they are going to do in future, and then they will look back at our pictures and think "wow how old" haha

  2. oh wow!
    this is amazing :)
    the pictures look really good
    is it expensive to get this done on the pics?

    XOXO ♥
    Melina ♥

  3. So lovely! Those little shots of colour have so much more impact than the whole photo being awash with colour.

  4. Those photos are gorgeous! Thank you for sharing them.

  5. wow, this is absolutely stunning. Full of vivid color but still have that vintage-like quality!

  6. Melina, I am not sure how much this would cost. If I find out I'll let you know though for sure!

  7. I absolutely LOVE this post. When you think of the early 1900s it's hard to picture it in any sort of color other than black & white. It's so interesting to see life during this time in color. It almost gives you a different perspective on how things used to be back then.

    Thanks for sharing!

  8. Love this post, love vintage photo !
    Merci pour ton commentaire !
    Kind regards :)


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