Century Old Color Photography
Ask most people when color photography was invented and they will probably answer World War II or perhaps even later than that. In fact, physicist James Clark Maxwell took the first color photograph in 1863 and several workable, if demanding, color photographic processes were available by the turn of the 20th century. Color photography wasn’t common though until the 1930s when easy to use color films were introduced.
Genuine 102 year old color photograph of a Turkmen woman outside a yurt in Turkestan. This was taken in 1913 by pioneer color photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky.
Prokudin-Gorky himself in 1912:
An even more striking example of color imagery from before most people would think it was possible, a spectacular color (kinecolor) film of the great Indian durbar of 1911.