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Karel Šmirous. Portofino. Italy. 1910.

Karel Šmirous. Coal Market Square. Prague. 1910.

Karel Šmirous. Spanish ship unloading oranges. Marseille. 1923.

Karel Šmirous. Kaysersberg. 1913.

Karel Šmirous (1890-1981) Czech scientist and only Czech photographer who specialized in color photography using the autochrome process. He began to take photographs from a young age. He earned his studies at the Czech Technical University, however, bringing forward his passion for painting and photography. In Prague between 1908 and 1912 became interested in the first color photographs. He made several color photographs that reflected the Bohemian forest, especially the forest Boubin. The sense of artistic composition is due to his passion in painting. Between 1913 and 1918 he visited the laboratory of the Lumière brothers in France. From his early experiments with color developed a personal style, based on a careful choice of color and often using variations of a single dominant color. His work is very rich in various subjects: still lifes, portraits, nudes, landscapes, reportage, advertising and scientific photography.