Family portraits.


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Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Eva at Mount Spinale, c 1920-1930.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Heinz and Eva on the hillside, c. 1920-1930.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. Elsa, Eva and Heinz sitting on a wall, 1924.

Adolf Friedrich Paneth. The family at the lake, c 1920-1930.

Friedrich Paneth (1887-1958) British chemist born in Austria, he studied at the University of Vienna. Even as a young man cultivated his interest in photography. In 1908 he began making autochromes and continued this process for almost 20 years. Of Jewish descent, his career in Germany was abruptly ended when the Nazis came to power. Paneth moved to Britain in 1933 and acquired British citizenship in 1939. He subsequently worked at Imperial College, London and Durham University. In 1953 he returned to Germany as Director of the Max Planck Institute in Mainz. In 1978, his daughter, Eva, donated 2,000 of her father’s photographs, including many Autochromes, to the Royal Photographic Society.


Native North American.


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Edwin Wisherd. Scores of Navajo were killed here, hence its name: Canyon of Death. Canyon del Muerto, Arizona, United States. 1920s.

Edwin Wisherd. Three American Indians on the Crow Reservation. Montana, USA. 1920s.

Edwin Wisherd. Two American Indians mend clothing outside their tipi. Montana, USA. 1920s.

Edwin Wisherd. Three American Indian children are dressed for holiday. Montana, USA. 1920s.

Edwin Wisherd. A nomadic Crow Indian family prepares their teepee. Crow Indian Reservation, Montana, USA. 1920s.

Edwin L. Wisherd (1900-1970). In 1919 he began working for National Geographic as a laboratory assistant. He didn’t know anything about photography, but it proved quick to learn and within a few years he became an expert slabs autochromes. In the 1930s  he was a pioneer of Kodachrome 35mm. In those years he was appointed director of the laboratory of the Society, making it one of the most productive American publishing.

Life in the Fjords.


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Gustav Heurlin. Women among wildflowers near village of Mundal on Sogne Fjord. Mundal, Sogne Fjord, Norway. Between 1919 and 1931.

Gustav Heurlin. An automobile drives on Hardanger Country road. Norway. Between 1919 and 1931.

Gustav Heurlin. Three Norwegian girls in traditional dress linger on a fence. Norway. Between 1919 and 1931.

Gustav Heurlin. Two girl students at the high school near the old town of Fredericia. Snoghoj Fredericia, Denmark. Between 1919 and 1931.

Gustave Heurlin (1862-1939) pioneer of color photography, he started as an amateur, driven by the ambition to become the official photographer of the Swedish court. In the period between 1919 and 1931, the National Geographic published numerous autochromes taken from him on the Norwegian fjords, on farms Danes, Swedes costumes and picturesque scenery of Scandinavian nature.

The colors of French fashion.


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Salon du goût français. Two sets of city women. c. 1921.

Salon du goût français. Women’s costume figuring a moon. c. 1921.

Salon du goût français. Evening jacket with wide sleeves and collar, in black with white motifs and a red collar. c. 1921.

Salon du goût français. View from the back, cape or evening jacket in white fur with a swan-feather collar. c.1921.

The autochromes of Salon du goût français (Exhibition of French Fashion) form an exceptional collection, which show the French luxury industry from 1921 to 1923. These photographs show us the trends of fashion between the two World Wars. Clothing, tableware, furniture, automotive and toys, they reveal the power and inspiration of French haute couture, jewelery, jewelry. The autochrome became the ideal way to promote the different collections in France and abroad. The dimensions of the plates allow the entire collection to be loaded on board a cruise ship bound for America and on different continents.

Arab Landscape.


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Gabriel Veyre. Poppy field in Dar Bou Azza (Morocco). 1935.

Gabriel Veyre. Self-Portait in Dar Azza (Morocco). 1935.

Gabriel Veyre. Marrakesh (Morocco). 1935.

Gabriel Veyre. Village of Moulay Yacoub. Near Fèz (Morocco). 1935.

Gabriel Veyre (1871-1936) French photographer and film director. He graduated in pharmacy from the University of Lyon. In 1896 he made a trip to Latin America to realize the first film with the cinematograph. Between 1896 and 1897 he producedseveral films to Mexico, Canada and Asia. He also made the first autochromes thatwere exhibited in 1900 at the Universal Exposition in Paris. His subjects were mostly scenes of everyday life.


On the trail of Paris.


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Léon Gimpel. Illumination of the Eiffel Tower by Citroën. Paris. 1925.

Léon Gimpel. Book seller and Notre Dame on the Quai de la Seine, the Seine river. 1909.

Léon Gimpel. Roseraie de l’Haÿ. Paris. 1907.

Léon Gimpel. The Pont au Change in Paris. 1911.

Léon Gimpel (1873-1948) French photographer. In 1897 his interest in photography was kindled for the first time when he bought a Kodak detective camera. In 1900 documented the World’s Fair in Paris. In 1904 he began working for several French magazines such as La Vie au Grand Air, La Vie illustrée and L’Illustration. Innovative photographer, he experimented with perspective and also self-portraits using the distorted mirrors. He was the first photographer who experimented with night time photography. He met the Lumière brothers. He was the first photographer who in 1907 published the first color images. Gimpel captured scenes of everyday life of the Belle Epoque. Today many of his autochromes are conserved at the Musée d’Orsay.

The influence of Monet.


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Antonin Personnaz. Woman in a field of flowers. 1906.

Antonin Personnaz. Young girl hoisting a hay bale. Early 1900.

Antonin Personnaz. Fields of poppies. Early 1900.

Antonin Personnaz. The monk in the fog. 1915.

Antonin Personnaz (1855-1936) French photographer. He met several Impressionist artists such as Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Sisley and Toulouse-Lautrec Alfres, which began collezionere their works. With the advent of the autochrome process in 1907, so Personnaz became interested in photography in color. The influence of Monet photographer determined on a certain poetic sensibility in his autochromes. In 1886 it became part of the French Society of Photography. Over the coming years he wrote several articles on the technique of autochrome and the relationship between painting and photography.

Looking to America.


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Jacob J. Gayer. A young girl poses in period clothing with a musical instrument. Dominican Republic. 1920s.

Jacob J Gayer. A young couple poses for an informal portrait before a large fountain. Guatemala. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer. A farm next to a lake in southern Chile. Chile. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer. Tourists admire the beauty and size of the National Monument. Washington DC, USA. 1920s.

Jacob J. Gayer (1884-1969) American photographer. He was a member of the first generation of photographers of National Geographic. He attended the Germany academy in Heidelberg before retiring to join the Society in 1921. He traveled to South America, the Caribbean islands and even in the Arctic to take the first color photographs.

Atmospheric landscapes.


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John Cimon Warburg. Margate Beach, Blue Girl. c. 1908.

John Cimon Warburg. The Last Digger. 1910.

John Cimon Warburg. Children by the breakwater, c.1908.

John Cimon Warburg. The dryad. c.1910.

John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931) British photographer. He took up photography in the late 1880s, becoming a member of the Royal Photographic Society in 1897. Warburg experienced a wide range of photographic processes, but excelled at autochromes. He is best known for his atmospheric landscapes and charming studies of his children. Warburg lectured and wrote extensively on the process and showed autochromes at the annual Royal Photographic Society exhibition for 20 years. His sister, Agnes, was also a pioneer of color photography.

An intrepid woman around the world.


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Helen Messinger Murdoch. Bishareen Children. Egypt. 1914.

Helen Messinger Murdoch. Kheops Pyramid. Egypt. c 1914.

Helen Messinger Murdoch. Little Peon with a Bombay Pumalo. India. 1914.

Helen Messinger Murdoch. Portrait. Bombay. c 1914.

Helen Messinger Murdoch (1862-1956) American photographer who has pioneered the use of autochromes in travel photography. She had a first artistic training, in 1890 she began to devote herself to photography. Initially she executed monochrome  portraits, then in 1907 she discovered the process of color Autochrome, just patented by the Lumière brothers. She was a frequent visitor of Halcyon Women’s Club and  Colour Society of Photographers. In 1911, she became part of the Royal Photographic Society. Helen Messinger Murdoch was the first woman to travel around the world, carrying out several photographs. Her journey took her to Egypt, Palestine, India, Burma, Hong Kong, China, Japan, the Philippines and Hawaii. The inability to continue to travel because of the First World War, Murdoch focused on photography flight, immortalized the Lindbergh, Richard E. Byrd and Amelia Earhart. In 1928, she made ​​the first aerial photograph, using the method autocrome, the city of Boston.she Took The first Autochrome view of Boston.