The dawn of colour

June 1, 2007 at 3:00 am Leave a comment

Brazil photo by KimThis week, I’m trying to find happy items to share with you following the depressing “Noah’s Ark of rare animals” post of the other day. For many years, I’ve collected postcards and greeting cards from the Edwardian era, so I was really pleased to come across a series of six photographs taken almost 100 years ago.

They are spectacular examples of autochrome photography, which flourished from 1907 to the 1930s. Autochrome was the first colour film that became available in 1907. The photos are unbelievably modern, particularly my favourite photo #6 – the photographer’s (Mervyn O’Gorman) daughter, Christina, at Lulworth cove, Dorset UK in 1913. Since I don’t want to breach copyright, you’ll have to go to the site yourself and have a look. Check out photo #3 The Dryad, 1910, breathtaking!

And since I’m onto photos at the moment, go check out the simply beautiful nature photos over at Mike Matas’ blog – scroll down to see THE cutest squirrel. Or if you didn’t see my post on The Magnificent Seven, go here. It’s a good week for photos!

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