Coe’s opus on Colour Photography

Colour Photography – Brian Coe 1978

Toronto. Brian Coe wrote this charming and concise history of Colour Photography in 1978 when he was curator of the Kodak Museum at Harrow, England. Sadly, the museum closed for good in 1985 – a precursor of the effect of the digital era?

The article I linked to above was written in 2009 by Michael Pritchard, who spoke to us back in October of 1997.

While the book is written from the perspective of Kodak, it does cover the key events in the evolution of colour in the first century of photography – lots of illustrations. Covers both additive and subtractive colour processes. Goes from hand coloured prints to special tri-plate cameras to Kodachrome.


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