Autochrome Portrait

Mervyn O’Gorman, an electrical engineer, captured these beautiful photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England over 100-years-ago. These century-old photos from 1913 depict her wearing vivid red clothes, with the saturated hues standing out in sharp contrast to the muted tones of the background, using a process called Autochrome Lumiere process. This technique involved using glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. Continue reading for a video, more pictures and information.

Autochrome Color Portrait
Autochrome Color Portrait
Autochrome Color Portrait
Autochrome Color Portrait
Autochrome Color Portrait
Autochrome Color Portrait

“Long exposure times and wider apertures create a shallow depth of field, giving the images a soft, dreamlike quality. Timeless in appearance, the gorgeous shots look like they could’ve been captured during any era, from the days before World War I to this contemporary age. His remaining images are regularly featured in exhibitions of early color photos from over a century ago. Although O’Gorman passed away in 1958, little was recorded about his daughter Christina’s life aside from this collection of portraits,” reports My Modern Met.

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