Sunday, June 5, 2011

The Art of the Autochrome

As you all know, I have a deep love for vintage photography. It transports me through time. I truly love the surreal darkened colors of a Autochrome.  Although the early color technique invented by the Lumiere Bros. was only around for about 20 years, I love what has survived. Each photo looks like a strange dusty painting. A place lost somewhere between color and black & white.

I would love to study more of these autochrome colors. The pinks and blues are incredible. Don't you think they would make a lovely painting palette.

Sitting with mom in brilliant blue...via the George Eastman House
Girls with a pink umbrella via Lisby

Stuffed Birds, 1915 via How to be a Retronaut
Pretty lady in satin holding mirror via George Eastman House
These two gentleman via Lisby
Another gorgeous one via The George Eastman House
Listening to Music by Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud? via cinemalane
Ballerina by Gervais Courtellemont
Modesty by Alfonse Van Besten 1912
Skulls by Paul Sano 1912
Not enough? Want to see more?

Click on this link to the awesome site of Autochrome collector Florent Van Hoot.

1 comment:

Gavin Brown said...

Thanks for sharing these, they're really fantastic autochromes. I especially like the first two, they're really powerful and mesmerizing. It's good to see interest in Autochrome Lumière. (In that vein, I created an app that makes regular photos look more like Autochromes, and it's free on the App Store)

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