Skip to comments.In Revolutionary Color
Posted on 09/07/2009 11:00:54 AM PDT by beaversmom
Russian photos taken 100 years ago look as if they were taken yesterday.
(Excerpt) Read more at newsweek.com ...
Wow. Those are wonderful!
#16 ... Fiddler on the Roof
Absolutely stunning pictures, and Tolstoy!
The color saturation is amazing.
So amazing with the film technology of the time, that something doesn’t seem right!
I don’t care much for Newsweek, but these images are fascinating. The color, depth and composition are spectacular.
Fantastic find, and thanks for posting.
bump wow !
Looks like he’s just about the world’s first photographer to employ the three color process, a variant of which was used to make the gret Technicolor movies of the 1930’s. Thre’s just nothing like color photography to see how other people lived and bring them to you. Frightful as HItler was, the German color movies of th 1930’s bring him closer than any of the B&W movis of Churchill and Roosevelt do for the.
About 18 years ago, an old Air Force vet I knew, showed me tons of photos from his time in the Pacific during the War. Unfortunately, they were often underexposed or had a green tint to them. His son had them digitized and color-corrected and they look wonderful. Sadly, his dad passed away a few years ago but he got to see the revised photos. In one shot, you can almost see the starch in the creases of his khaki service uniform. Another photo shows his P-47 when it was brand new; all I can say is WOW! The fact that he used a low ASA film improved the resolution.
Some of it almost looks like very well-done hand tinting, but it’s probably authentic. Color photography existed back then, but wasn’t easy. But when done properly, obviously worth the effort.
The complete photographic collection is at the Library of Congress.
These were made by exposing three plates sequentially, through red, green, and blue filters. As with Technicolor, no color film was involved.
I bet that low SA film was the old Kodachrome. When I was in college in the 1960’s I shot some pictures with it. It was 25 ASA.
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