Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tartan Ribbon - The world's first color photograph

James Clerk Maxwell
Tartan Ribbon
Three-Color Carbon Print

During an 1861 Royal Institution lecture on colour theory, Maxwell presented the world's first demonstration of colour photography by this principle of three-colour analysis and synthesis, the basis of nearly all subsequent photochemical and electronic methods of colour photography. Thomas Sutton, inventor of the single-lens reflex camera, did the actual picture-taking. He photographed a tartan ribbon three times, through red, green and blue filters. He also made a fourth exposure through a yellow filter, but according to Maxwell's account this was not used in the demonstration. Because Sutton's photographic plates were in fact insensitive to red and barely sensitive to green, the results of this pioneering experiment were far from perfect. It was remarked in the published account of the lecture that "if the red and green images had been as fully photographed as the blue," it "would have been a truly-coloured image of the riband. By finding photographic materials more sensitive to the less refrangible rays, the representation of the colours of objects might be greatly improved."
from wikipedia

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Thomas Carlyle

Thomas Carlyle
by Julia Margaret Cameron
Albumen print
The Royal Collection, London


The Pond - Moonrise

The Pond - Moonrise
Edward J. Steichen
Platinum print with applied color
15 5/8 x 19 in
The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Alfred Stieglitz Collection