Photochromes are vibrant and nuanced prints hand-colored from black-and-white negatives. Created using a process pioneered in the 1880s, these images offer a fascinating insight into the world when color photography was still in its infancy.
Photochrome is a method of producing colored images from black-and-white negatives, allowing color pictures to be created before color photography became available. The process was developed in the 1880s by the Swiss chemist Hans Jakob Schmid.
Creating a photochrome involved taking detailed notes on the colors present in the photographed scene, and then hand-coloring the negative…
Women in Algeria, 1899
The Praça da Ribeira in Porto, Portugal, circa 1903
Lauterbrunnen and the Staubbach waterfall, Switzerland, circa 1900