Autochrome Lumière

It's amazing how much color can change your perception of something. For me, I have my an image of what life was life let's say in the early 1900's when these Autochrome photos were taken. That image has been formed over time through old black and white photos, history books, novels and modern movies reenacting the times. I like to think it's pretty accurate given the plethora of sources I draw from. But then I come across striking color images like the ones below and those images I have take on an entirely new life; one that makes me feel a bit more connected to the past and that gives the past a more present feel.

These photos were all taken using the Autochrome Lumière process, an early color process that was patented in 1903 by the Lumière brothers in France and popular through the 1930s.

Vintage Autochrome Lumiere Photo via George Eastman House
Antique Autochrome Photo via George Eastman House
Autochrome portrait of a woman
Vintage floral autochrome photo
Vintage Autochrome Lumiere Photo via George Eastman House
Vintage Autochrome Photo via George Eastman House
Vintage Autochrome Lumiere Photo via George Eastman House

All of these photos come from the George Eastman House collection of Autochrome photography. If you're smitten with these beautiful images and want to see more of these early color photos, you can find more images here and here.