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Film: Autochrome colour photography processes

The V&A has released the first in a series of films about photography processes based on its collection. The first deals with the the autochrome and is presented by curator Catlin Langford. Invented by the Lumière brothers in 1907, the Autochrome revolutionised photography. Bringing soft, natural colour into images for the first time, this technique made photographs the most realistic that they had ever been.

Find out about the careful handling of these delicate, light sensitive plates, how the photography process works, and see collection highlights from photographers such as John Cimon Warburg and Helen Messinger Murdoch.


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