The Lumiere Autochrome - History, Technology, and Presentation (Paperback)
  • The Lumiere Autochrome - History, Technology, and Presentation (Paperback)

The Lumiere Autochrome - History, Technology, and Presentation (Paperback)

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Paperback 380 Pages / Published: 05/12/2013
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This is a thoroughly illustrated guide to the history and technology of autochromes with a practical guide for storage & preservation. Louis Lumiere is perhaps best known for his seminal role in the invention of cinema, but his most important contribution to the history of photography was the autochrome. Engagingly written and superbly illustrated with over 300 images, "The Lumiere Autochrome" tells the fascinating story of the first industrially produced form of colour photography. Initial chapters present the Lumiere family enterprise, set out the challenges posed by early colour photography, and recount the invention, rise, and eventual decline of the autochrome, which for the first four decades of the 20th-century was the most widely used form of commercial colour photography. The book then treats the technology of the autochrome, including the technical challenges of plate fabrication, described in step-by-step detail, and a thorough account of autochrome manufacture. A final chapter provides in-depth recommendations concerning the preservation of these vulnerable objects, including proper storage and display guidelines.

Publisher: Getty Trust Publications
ISBN: 9781606061251
Number of pages: 380
Weight: 1492 g
Dimensions: 259 x 228 x 27 mm

"[This book] resents an indispensible compendium of rare images from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, an era we tend to think of in black and white. . . . This volume provides an authoritative account of the development of the autochrome process, including every fascinating dead end."--Wall Street Journal
"Highly recommended."--Choice
"The Getty Conservation Institute has been releasing a series of amazing photo history books and this fabulous recent addition . . . is no exception. . . . This book belongs on the shelf of any serious photographer, curator, maker, or history buff. It's a fabulously interesting read filled with quality information and wonderful photographs and images."--f295
"A kind of Swiss Army knife of a book, covering not only the Lumi re family's pioneering photographic inventions, dating to the mid-1880s, but also the history of color photography and technical details of processes and preservation. . . . A brief but beautiful portfolio of images concludes each chapter of this book, which will be an essential resource for students and collectors of photography."--Bookforum

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