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Early colour

June 14th, 2013 by

H6653-7/5  (colour adjusted digitally)

This transparency is a rare example of early colour photography in Australia. It was made using the Paget process which was introduced in 1912 and employed the use of a finely lined ‘taking’ and ‘viewing’ screen to break up the image into its constituent colours. The viewing screen and copy of the negative were then bound to produce the final positive. Amateur and professionals were able to use this process which remained in use throughout the 1920s and 1930s. ┬áThis example appears to have been from the earlier part of this period.

The three colour processes like the Paget plate, Autochrome and Dufaycolor all employed the use of bound glass transparencies to produce their positive images and this limitation saw them replaced in the late 1930s with single pack negatives like those made by Kodak. This photograph is one of a broader group of examples of early photographic processes donated to the museum in 1960.

Geoff Barker, Curatorial, 2011


Photographer unknown, Powerhouse Museum collection H6653-7/5

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