These Dreamlike Photos of an Engineer's Daughter From 1913 Are Among the Earliest Color Photos

By | June 12, 2016

Mervyn O'Gorman was a well-known British engineer and a head of the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough. He was also an artist and photographer and was considered as one of the early pioneers of color photography.

This dreamlike photo series of his daughter Christina were taken using the Autochrome process in 1913. The Autochrome process was patented in 1903 and was the first fully practical single-plate color process that was accessible to the public.

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The beach photos are from Lulworth Cove Dorset. Christina was in her bright red swimming attire -- a color so vividly captured by the Autochrome process. She also appeared doning red in every other scene, drawing the eye immediately to the subject and her long, wavy strawberry blonde hair.
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The close-up portraits of Christina give an oddly modern feel as her clothing was hard to pin to a singular time period.
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O'Gorman's wife and second daughter were also featured in the below photo, and his camera box is seen just to the left of his family.
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HT/ PetaPixel