Dr. Alfred Weidinger
Dr. Maria Reitter-Kollmann
The Fascination of Early Color Photography
For all lovers of historical photography, the illustrated book "Autochrome" is a veritable firework of impressions. Dive into the world at the beginning of the last century and encounter the people, the fashion and the way of life of this bygone era in about 150 aesthetic photographs.
Autochromes were the first commercial colour photographs. Invented in 1904 by the Lumière brothers Auguste and Louis in Paris, colour photographs caused a great sensation at the time. They were an innovation and the first way to depict the world in true-to-life colour and thus capture it for eternity.
This impressive book was compiled by the two authors Dr. Maria Reitter-Kollmann and Dr. Alfred Weidinger. The scholars are leading experts on the history of colour photography at the Oberösterreichische Landes-Kultur GmbH in Linz. The museum holds one of the most important European collections of historical autochromes.
The exciting collection consists of more than 1,000 photographs by photographic pioneers such as the Archduchess, Margarethe of Austria-Tuscany or from the collection of Hans Frank, the founder of the first Austrian photo museum in Bad Ischl. Photographs by important photographers such as Auguste Lumière are also part of this unique collection.