A collection of classic film and TV-related photos and stills in living color.

I've been collecting photos for years and have been very fortunate to receive donations from many kind souls.
If you'd like to donate, to send me your color photos.
I hope you have fun perusing the pages of images.


col·or - American spelling of colour.

1. That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable in terms of the observer or of the light, as:

a. The appearance of objects or light sources described in terms of the individual's perception of them, involving hue, lightness, and saturation for objects and hue, brightness, and saturation for light sources.

b. The characteristics of light by which the individual is made aware of objects or light sources through the receptors of the eye, described in terms of dominant wavelength, luminance, and purity.

Color (American English) or colour (Commonwealth English) is a sensation which (in humans) derives from the ability of the fine structure of the eye to distinguish three differently filtered analyses of a view. The perception of color is influenced by long-term history (nurture) of the observer and also by short-term effects such as the colors nearby. The term color is also used for the property of objects or light sources that can be distinguished by differences in the receptors of the eye.

A quality of light, depending on its wavelength. Spectral color of an emission of light is its place in the rainbow spectrum. Perceived color (or visual color) is the quality of light emission as conveyed by the human eye, combining the impressions of three types of light-sensitive cells which the eye contains. Perceived color can be the response to certain combinations of spectral colors, eg brown responds to green and red (or blue, yellow and red).


History of Photography Timeline
by Philip Greenspun

1861: Scottish physicist James Clerk-Maxwell demonstrates a color photography system involving three black and white photographs, each taken through a red, green, or blue filter. The photos were turned into lantern slides and projected in registration with the same color filters. This is the "color separation" method.

1868: Ducas de Hauron publishes a book proposing a variety of methods for color photography.

1906: Availability of panchromatic black and white film and therefore high quality color separation color photography.

1907: first commercial color film, the Autochrome plates, manufactured by Lumiere brothers in France.

1932: inception of Technicolor for movies, where three black and white negatives were made in the same camera under different filters; Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, Willard Van Dyke, Edward Weston, et al, form Group f/64 dedicated to "straight photographic thought and production".; Henri Cartier-Bresson buys a Leica and begins a 60-year career photographing people; On March 14, George Eastman, aged 77, writes suicide note--"My work is done. Why wait?"--and shoots himself.

1936: development of Kodachrome, the first multi-layered color film.

World War II: development of multi-layer color negative films.

1963: first color instant film developed by Polaroid.

1973: C-41 color negative process introduced, replacing C-22.







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