Color Photography

Jon A. Kapecki

Imaging Consultant

Early Years

Ever since the first days of photography in the early 1800s, its practitioners sought ways to create images that reproduced the colors of the world around them. Some resorted to hand coloring of the daguerreotype, a system invented in 1833, while others looked to create direct color photographs by finding the right combination of chemicals to form colors on exposure. An American, Levi L. Hill of Westkill, New York, may have been the first to produce a color daguerreotype (which he called a hilotype) by direct exposure, but his technique was not successfully reproduced during his lifetime. In 1891, Frenchman Gabriel Lippmann, building on the work of Claude Niépce de Saint-Victor and ...

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