Monday, April 30, 2012

Autochromes



The autochrome process is the first successful method for producing color photographs.

In 1907 Auguste and Louis Lumiere patented the first commercially successful color process, which they called Autochrome Lumiere. It involved glass plates, a backlight, snoot and, mysteriously, potato starch.

John B. Trevor, Emily Winthrop, 1910

John B. Trevor, Mrs. Lucius K. Wilmerding, ca. 1916

J. B Trevor, Mrs. John B. Trevor, ca. 1914

Today autochromes are more fragile and few in number, almost impossible to exhibit, and largely forgotten in the history of photography.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

1864 Army of the Potomac winter headquarters

For me a good recolored photo will show shades of different greens in
a thickly wooded frame. This is what I was shooting for here.

February 1864. Brandy Station, Virginia. Secret Service officers.
Seated from right to left:
Col. George H. Sharpe, John G. Babcock, unidentified and Lt. Col. John McEntee.
8x10 glass-plate negative from a collection compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge

John C. aka John G. Babcock
photos taken on 1862: 
"John C. Babcock, a Secret Service man and Gimlet, a celebrated war horse of the Rappahannock."



Monday, April 2, 2012

1948 on the way to Jerusalem

 The Israeli "Burma Road" was a makeshift bypass road between the general vicinity of kibbutz Hulda and Jerusalem. 
It was used to transfer food and supplies to Jerusalem during the 1948 blockade.
1948 convoy to jerusalem.


After a small color fix this looks more like Israeli colors :-)

This next photo is the exact same ambulance truck as sean in the colorized photo. 
It is being towed by a tractor up a hill.
Note the same small cracks to the left of the David star, as they appear also in the first colorized photo.