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
Mosque of El-Zituna in Tunis, Tunisia, 1896
The Rhine Falls, Switzerland, circa 1890
Farmers in Guria, Georgia, 1904
Landing off the coast of Algiers, Algeria, 1896
Street food in the Strada del Porto in Naples, Italy, 1899
Schaffhausen and the Munot, Switzerland, 1893
Camel drivers in the desert, 1895
Water-pipe smokers in front of a coffee house in Istanbul, Turkey, 1897
Alley in the old town of Biskra, Algeria, circa 1900