AUTOCHROME was the earliest practical method of color photography, created by the brothers Auguste Marie and Louis Nicolas Lumière, and first marketed in 1907.
A distinctive feature of Autochrome is its muted palette of colors, based on orange, green, and violet. While unable to duplicate many colors, such as bright red and blue, many thought that this process produced subtle, beautiful, and delicate images, while avoiding the garish color often found in newer methods. Autochrome remained popular, particularly in France, until the 1950s.
Here is my attempt to reproduce the color of Autochrome. I'm working on images like these for an exhibition.
Buildings in the Soulard neighborhood of Saint Louis.
Autochrome can't show red.
But Autochrome is famed for its subtle pink hues.
Red becomes orange.
Cliff Cave County Park, in Mehlville, Missouri.
Indian mound at Pere Marquette State Park, near Grafton, Illinois.
Saint Francis Xavier Church, in Saint Louis.
Holy Angels Church, in Wood River, Illinois.
Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, in Saint Louis.
Saint Peter Church in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis.