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January 19, 2010


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Viv van der Holst

It seems like we have come such a long way since the days of early photography. I started out developing and printing my own black and white photos not so long ago, and now I use only digital.


I think the most interesting color photograph was the Maxwell tartan: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Clerk_Maxwell#Colour_analysis ; Rev. Hill no doubt demonstrated a fascinating advance in Color Photography, but all modern color photography, television, film and computer displays are all based on the principle set forth by Maxwell as demonstrated in that famous 1861 photograph. Sure, he's not American, but he is in a sense the father of modern color photography, and those photos of the 1906 Earthquake couldn't have been made without the methods first developed by Maxwell even if they were independently derived.

Now, don't get me started on how John Logie Baird invented DLP television: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Logie_Baird

Lisa Gratton

Wow, very interesting information. I will definitely have to take a trip next time to explore the the Smithsonian in more detail. I never thought color was pre-dated 1900's. Very interesting.

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