The Oldest Known Color Photograph

by mrcookieface on November 5, 2004 · 2 comments

in Audio Visual,Diversions

Angouleme, France, by Louis Ducos du Hauron (1872)

Impressive, yes?

But not when you compare it to the color work of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, a Russian who, 35 years later, would take color photography to a whole new level by superimposing slides through a red, green, and blue filter, thus producing a composite in full color.

His work is an amazing look at early 20th century Russian culture.

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  • Shadow Stalker

    That’s pretty cool, but the colors are so vivid it’s hard to believe the pictures were really taken in the early 20th century.  I bet even now using a color seperation technique with B&W film would yield amazing results, with the contrast range and fine grain.

  • Alf Beharie

    You are mistaken…The first colour photograph was taken by the Scotsman James Clerk Maxwell in 1861.

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