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Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Edwardian colour photography

I came across this interesting slideshow in today's Guardian. It shows six colour photographs from Edwardian times, which are almost one hundred years old. They form part of an exhibition called The Dawn of Colour: Centenary of the Autochrome, currently showing at the National Media Museum in Bradford.

I had no idea colour photography existed in those days. I'm sure they've been digitally retouched, but they must have been pretty high quality images to start with. It's hard to believe that the shot of a tiger at London Zoo, was taken in 1910. Although lacking the crispness of contemporary photographic media, the only true betrayal of its age, comes from the attire of the crowd in the background. Fascinating stuff.


The Pig's Lip said...

BBC4 have been running a series of colour films from Edwardian times. Have only managed to catch a few segments but there seems to be a programme on it everynight.

jams o donnell said...

Wonderful aren't they Siani