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Twentieth Century Colour Photographs

The Complete Guide to Processes, Identification & Preservation

Sylvie Pénichon

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A thorough overview of the history and technology of the traditional colour photographic processes


In providing an accessible overview of the history and technology of the major traditional colour photographic processes, this abundantly illustrated volume promises to become the standard reference in its field. Following an introductory chapter on colour photography in the 19th century, seven chapters discuss the most commercially or historically significant processes of the 20th century, offering readers a user-friendly guide to materials, methods of identification and common kinds of deterioration.

A final chapter presents specific guidelines for collection management, storage and preservation, and a glossary of technical terms, along with the appendixes presenting detailed chronologies for Kodachrome and Ektachrome transparencies, Cibachrome/Ilfochrome printing materials and Instant Films.

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Book Details

Format: PLC (no jacket)

Size: 25.4 x 20.3 cm

Extent: 360 pp

Illustrations: 70

Publication date: 11 November 2013

ISBN: 9780500517192

Contents List

Introduction • Organization of This Book • How to Use This Book • 1. Colour Photography in the Nineteenth Century • 2. Additive Color Screen Process • 3. Pigment Processes • 4. Dye Imbibition Processes • 5. Dye Coupling Processes • 6. Dye Destruction Processes • 7. Dye Diffusion Processes • 8. Dye, Mordanting and Silver Toning Processes • 9. Preservation and Collection Management

About the Author

Sylvie Pénichon is a conservator of photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth. She has published widely in conservation and photography journals.

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