Notebook, Photography

Girl in red costume

Notebook: 18 May 2015

Would you believe that these beautiful pictures were shot in 1913 – they look as though they could have come from a recent copy of Vogue! They were taken by an engineer and budding photographer called Mervyn O’Gormanand and are pictures of his daughter Christina on Chesil beach in Dorset. They are some of the earliest colour photos ever shot and they used the Autochrome process – one of the first colour photo technologies, which used glass plates coated in potato starches to filter pictures with dye. You can see more of O’Gorman’s pictures here and you can view the originals in the ‘Drawn by Light’ exhibition from the Royal Photographic Society collection at the National Media Museum in Bradford.