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Around that same time, in 1907, the first practical color photographic plates were introduced to the world by the Lumière brothers in France. The plates were called "Autochrome Lumière," and they were made up of microscopic potato starch grains which were dyed orange, green, and blue; sandwiched between black-and-white film and a piece of glass; then coated in shellac. The tiny starch grains acted as color filters, making the film essentially a mosaic made up of many tiny pieces.
Once the black-and-white film base was developed, the dyed starch layer which had acted as many tiny color filters when the photo was taken now did the same task in reverse, giving the color back to the underlying image. The technology was a bit crude and grainy, but it was able to capture full color images which turned out looking rather impressionistic.
Autochrome film was expensive, slow and rare, so it didn't see a lot of use by the general public. But when World War One broke out in 1914, the French army began photographing soldiers and scenery, and some of their photos were taken with this new color film. As a result, a large proportion of color photos from that time are images of French soldiers in the field.
Originally posted by sobolwolf
*sigh* I could see lots of sadness in those faces...
What a horrible time to be alive it must of been back then, notice the lack of smiles that we normally see in photographs taken in more recent times.
Thanks for the link, I really enjoyed looking at those pictures - I even donated 5 bucks to the bandwidth jar
Originally posted by TrainDispatcher
Iv also learned how to colorize photos, 5 years at art school
Iv colorized many b&w family photos around here, cant even tell the difference.
"Im not saying it fake, Im just saying it can be done"
[edit on 21-10-2008 by TrainDispatcher]