The two brothers used light-sensitive emulsion and dyed grains of potato starch to make vibrant photographs without applying additional colorization. These photos were difficult to be produced and expensive as well. Yet, this color photography Autochrome Lumière technique became quite popular and was even inscribed in the first books of color photography.
The brothers were considered pioneers, until Kodak changed the world of photography forever by inventing the Kodachrome film in 1935. This convenient and lighter alternative made the Autochrome Lumière obsolete. People were using the Kodachrome film for many decades, until the digital photography was invented. In fact, Kodak ceased the manufacturing of Kodachrome in 2009.
Taking photos has never been so easy as today, however all those modern technologies wouldn’t have been possible if it was not for the pioneers in color photography Auguste and Louis Lumière. Enjoy our collection of century-old color photographs below.