Why did colour pho­tog­ra­phy take so long to per­fect?

All About History - - PHOTOGRAPHY - Theresa New­ton

Scot­tish physi­cist James Clerk Maxwell proved colour pho­tog­ra­phy was pos­si­ble only 22 years af­ter the first black and white shot was taken. While his use of red, green and blue fil­ters was too com­pli­cated to take off, his three-colour the­ory helped in­spire Au­guste and Louis Lu­mière’s 1905 Au­tochrome film. Ko­dak per­fected the colour­ing process in 1935 and re­duced the cost so that colour film was ac­ces­si­ble to ev­ery­one by the 1970s.

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