04w20:2 The Colourful Past

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This selection constitutes a “good see” over a good read. Two examples from the past of colour photography over the usual black and white. The first is from a recently published book of photographs from the late 1930s and early 1940s. The second selection is of Russia in 1910. I’ve sent two links for that one since the first details the process the photographer used at the time and the efforts made to produce the images, and the second offers thumbnails for quick browsing. – Timothy


Poverty’s Palette | New York Times Magazine
“In our mind’s eye, much of the past exists in black and white. This is particularly true of Depression-era America, in large part because of the unforgettable monochrome images created by the New Deal-sponsored photographers who traversed the country in the 1930’s and early 1940’s, chronicling the lives of its citizens. About 160,000 of their pictures are collected in the archives of the Library of Congress. Less well known are the roughly 1,600 of these photographs that were shot in color — most notably by the photographers Russell Lee and Jack Delano — using Kodachrome film, which Kodak introduced in 1936. This month, the Library of Congress and Harry N. Abrams are making a substantial collection of these images available for the first time in a book called Bound for Glory: America in Color 1939-43.” NOTE: The New York Times requires registration; but if you’ve looked at NYT content before and haven’t deleted your cookies, that may not be necessary. However if prompted, use the following username:goodreader100 and password: goodreads (courtesy of goodreads.ca).

The Empire That Was Russia | The Library of Congress
http://lcweb2.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/f?prok:0:./temp/~pp_urXc: and http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/
“In the early 1900s Prokudin-Gorskii formulated an ambitious plan for a photographic survey of the Russian Empire that won the support of Tsar Nicholas II. Between 1909-1912, and again in 1915, he completed surveys of eleven regions, traveling in a specially equipped railroad car provided by the Ministry of Transportation. […] This exhibition features a sampling of Prokudin-Gorskii’s historic images produced through the new process; the digital technology that makes these superior color prints possible; and celebrates the fact that for the first time many of these wonderful images are available to the public. ”

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emailed by Timothy on Monday 10 May 2004 @ 1:56 PM

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