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150th Anniversary of Color Photography

Whatever you're doing, stop and head out to the streets. It's the 150th anniversary of color photography today. Go out and shoot!

It seems like a normal day today but guess what? Today marks the 150th anniversary of color photography! Isn’t that something? Sure we’re accustomed to how old monochrome photos are, with the daguerreotypes of the past and the family photos you might have in the attic.

According to readwriteweb, it all started 150 years ago at a lecture at the Royal Institution in London by James Clerk Maxwell, the Chair of Natural Philosphy at King’s College. The subject, a tartan ribbon, was made by projecting three different color-filtered exposures into one image using lanterns. This “three-color process” is the basis of every color photograph from Prokudin-Gorsky’s portrait of the Emir of Bokhara down to the Lomographs we all enjoy today!

So go out, shoot and celebrate 150 years of a life with color!

written by cruzron


  1. hahajaney


    Love that photo!

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  2. itsdebraanne


    love it too!

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