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One Colour Photographs [Photography]

One Colour Photographs

September 25, 2016
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A collection of pictures of Christina O'Gorman posing for her father, electrical engineer and photographer Mervyn O'Gorman, back in 1913 have been revealed as some of the earliest colour photographs ever takenA collection of pictures of Christina O'Gorman posing for her father, electrical engineer and photographer Mervyn O'Gorman, back in 1913 have been revealed as some of the earliest colour photographs ever taken

The ethereal images were taken on the beach at Lulworth Cove, Dorset, when Malcolm was 42

The images are part of the Royal Photographic Society, held at the National Media Museum, and are currently on display at the National Media Museum, Bradford.

The ethereal images were taken on the beach at Lulworth Cove, Dorset, when Malcolm was 42They are among a collection of the world's oldest surviving photographs.

The woman in question was teenager Christina O'Gorman, posing for her father, electrical engineer and photographer Mervyn O'Gorman back in 1913.

The delicately-coloured images are on display at the National Media Museum in BradfordMervyn was 42 at the time when he took the images of his daughter, who languidly sits, in an array of vibrant red outfits, including a swimsuit, a cloak and a shirt.

The teen, characterised by her long strawberry-blonde hair, poses in different scenarios on the beach at Lulworth Cove in the English county of Dorset and appears unaware of her father.

The delicately-coloured images are on display at the National Media Museum in Bradford

Christina is seen sitting on the Dorset beach with friends in the 102-year-old images

The strawberry-blonde teenager wore red, probably at the request of her father as the vibrant colour captured particularly well via the autochrome process

Mervyn was known as an early pioneer of colour photography and used the autochrome process to capture the haunting images.

Patented in 1903, the process involved using glass plates covered in potato starches grains to filter pictures with dye.

Mervyn was known as an early pioneer of colour photography and often used the autochrome process, which involved using glass plates covered in potato starches grains to filter pictures with dye

Christina's life remains a mystery as there are no recorded detail of the then-teen's life

The National Media Museum explained: 'The comparatively long exposure time has given the sea a glassy quality and the large aperture setting and narrow depth of field has put Durdle Door in the background into soft focus.'

The repetition of the red attire was due to the fact that the vibrant colour captured particularly well in an autochrome process.

The strawberry-blonde teenager wore red, probably at the request of her father as the vibrant colour captured particularly well via the autochrome process Mervyn was known as an early pioneer of colour photography and often used the autochrome process, which involved using glass plates covered in potato starches grains to filter pictures with dye
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