Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Autochromes of Life at Versailles

If photographs had existed in the eighteenth century, they might have looked like the autochromes of Jules Gervais-Courtellemont. From Reading Treasure:
Jules Gervais-Courtellemont (1863-1931) was a French photographer who is most well known for his color autochromes of World War I, which were so popular that Courtellemont had them published in a 12 volume series. In addition to his photography of the battlefield, Courtellemont also took many photographs of scenes of homes, landscapes and people. His composition style, especially when taking photographs of people, was often intimate but deliberately artistic. Courtellemont loved using symbolism, such as ensuring that certain colors or people were distanced or contrasted with others, to create an appearance of structured--and yet realistic--life. (See entire post.)

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