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Vivid Portraits from the Early Days of Color Photography in 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman took these vibrant photos of his daughter Christina at Lulworth Cove in Dorset, England in 1913. He photographed Christina wearing a red swimming costume and red cloak, a colour particularly suited to the early color Autochrome process. Long exposure times and wider apertures create a shallow depth of field, giving the images a soft, dreamlike quality. Timeless in appearance, the gorgeous shots look like they could’ve been captured during any era, from the days before World War I to this contemporary age.

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This photo shows the O’Gorman family sitting on a beach in Dorset and eating a picnic meal. The black box you see in the frame is O’Gorman’s camera case.

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via The National Media Museum via Mashable