Next time you take a photo on your smartphone or digital camera and immediately upload it to Facebook or the send it to a friend reflect on how far colour photography has come in 100 years.
Some of the
earliest colour photos at the turn of the 20th century were
Autochromes.For an explanation on the extraordinary complexity of the
Autochrome process I cannot better Wikipedia.See Autochrome
It was a slow, delicate process and a very far cry from today's truly
instant electronic photography but it produced images of unusual
Old photographic processes are being rediscovered -see this interesting video on old process Tintype.
will be interesting to see if someone starts making Autochromes
again.The four examples below are on public display in the photographic
collection of the Deutsche Museum in Munich--an absolute treasure house
of photographic and other scientific goodies including planes,trains and automotive items.See Deutsche Museum
When I visited the photography collection of the museum last year I was the only visitor and a museum volunteer manning the collection was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful.
I also saw some superb Autochromes at the Lumiere Brothers Museum
in Lyons ,France a few months ago -the brothers were the inventors of the Autochrome process.