John Wood

The Art of the Autochrome: The Birth of Color Photography
by John Wood Review
Those who have no sense of photographic history--and think of color photography as having its origins in the 1930s or '40s--may be stunned into silence by this homage to the invention that revolutionized the art form at the turn of the century. John Wood presents a selection of the finest surviving examples of the autochrome process here, including the work of still life masters Heinrich Kuhn and Wladimir Schohin, the painterly Antonin Personnaz, and the now-forgotten Gervais Courtellemont, whose work was widely published in National Geographic in the '20s. Wood also showcases the efforts of pre-Revolutionary Russian writer Leonid Andreyev and American studio portraitist J. B. Whitcomb, whose autochromes were not discovered until the '70s and '80s; the find of Andreyev's autochromes (by archivist Richard Davies) is trumpeted by the author as "one of the most important photographic discoveries ever made."
Publisher's Description
"The autochrome is the rarest, most fragile, and, to a great many eyes, most beautiful of photographic processes. It represents not just the birth of color photography but color as luminous as the camera ever caught it. Illustrated with seventy-five magnificent full-color plates selected from collections throughout the world, this is the only comprehensive scholarly study of the world's first practical color photographic process. Invented in 1904 and marketed commercially in 1907 by the French photographic entrepreneurs Auguste and Louis Lumiere, the autochrome has a dreamlike, shimmering appeal."--the publisher.
ISBN: 0877454132
Publisher: University Of Iowa Press
Hardcover : 202 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 8.8 x 11.1 x 1 inches
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