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June 25, 2016

Early Autochrome Photography: Beautiful Color Photos of Natural Flowers From Between the 1900s and 1920s

One of the most delicate, in all aspects of the word, photographical techniques is the Autochrome. These early 20th century color photographs, invented by the Lumière brothers, (Auguste and Louis) show images with a ‘pointillistic’ effect.

The Lumière’s contribution to color photography is perhaps of more importance in comparison to their contribution in film history, since in the period (1895) they “invented” cinema, projected moving images where since long in existence!

Autochromes were not the first photographs in color since the search for color started at the dawn of photography and is seen in most early techniques true coloring by hand. E.g. Daguerreotypes, Ambrotypes, Chrystoleums,... etc.

However, the autochrome was the first practical technique that produced color without the artificial aid of an artist.

Here is a small collection of rare vintage Autochrome prints capturing beautiful flower in the nature from between 1900s and 1920s.


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