[alt-photo] Re: Anthotype show in Washington DC 1990's
tilden at northwestern.edu
Tue Aug 2 15:11:16 GMT 2011
Prokudin-Gorskii used something called "digichromatography" which involved
using three plates, one each for RGB. Early TechniColor!
Autochrome, on the other hand, used dyed potato-starch grains to generate
the color images...
Bob Tilden, tilden at northwestern.edu
High Energy Physics Group
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Subject: [alt-photo] Re: Anthotype show in Washington DC 1990's
I don't miss many exhibits (especially of photography) in DC, and I
don't remember one on anthotypes. They would be difficult to have on
exhibit since presumably one would want to keep them covered most of the
I also can't see calling anthotypes "the first color photograph". All
the ones I have ever seen are monochromatic albeit not black and white.
Usually "color photograph" means containing all the colors in the
scene. We don't call cyanotypes a color photograph even though they are
Are you sure the exhibit wasn't of autochromes which could be called
"the first color photograph" although there were a few experiments prior
to the Lumiere brothers producing a commercial product. I saw an
exhibit of autochromes probably around 10 years ago, but it was at Univ
of Md - Baltimore. The Library of Congress has the glass plate
autochromes by Prokudin-Gorskii of Russian scenes from 1910-1915.
Sorry I can't help you with a catalogue or book either. I've only seen
one or two examples given in more general books.
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