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July 17, 2018

Early Color Portrait Photography From the 1910s

It's amazing how easy it is to picture the past in black and white. Even when we know of course it was as colorful as today, it's still striking to come across the shots that demonstrate this. Somehow color makes it feel so much nearer.

Autochromes, the main process of color photography for the first few decades of the 20th century, present color in a gentle, muted kind of way-- not unlike many painters in preceding centuries. It was not long before photographers used this look to full advantage, creating beautiful photographs deliberately evocative of paintings...

We've seen artistically arranged early color photographs; today, a selection of portraits of people from the 1910s in full color, from the collections of George Eastman House.



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