With my friend Bertrand Lavedrine,
we are writing a book on industrial history of autochrome plate . We
hope to publish it with the full text of two factory note books written
by Louis Lumiere a the time of the making of the process.
it's a long story starting around 1990. We found the last press used by
Lumiere brothers to crush potatoe starch onf the plates and we met
several people involved in this story or history, depending of the
approach. Among them, the son of the man who produced the poatoe starch
from scratch, not so far from Lyon, the city where the Lumiere factory
was located. The press was restored in the 90 and in running it again we
got the tool to understand the missing pieces allowing us to understand
the process in terms of making.
We hope the book will be out of
the press fall of this year. You have just to wait some months
The quote of Gordon is right, you can find a paper about the
project in History of Photography (summer 1994 issue).
Louis Lumiere School of
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