The first color photograph [1861]

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We talked earlier about the first photograph in the history. Now we present you the first color photograph taken by photographer Thomas Sutton under direct supervision of James Clerk Maxwell (nineteen century mathematician) – the famous author of Maxwell Equations.

Maxwell discovered that color photographs could be formed using red, green, and blue filters. He had the photographer Thomas Sutton photograph a tartan ribbon three times, each time with a different color filter over the lens. The three images were developed and then projected onto a screen with three different projectors, each equipped with the same color filter used to take its image. When brought into focus, the three images formed a full color image. The three photographic plates now reside in a small museum at 14 India Street, Edinburgh, the house where Maxwell was born.

The first color photograph [1961]

Photographer: Thomas Sutton
Source: wikipedia.org

14 thoughts on “The first color photograph [1861]

  1. 1. Primary Colors are Red, Blue and Yellow.
    2. Secondary colors are purple, green and orange.

    For example: red and blue makes purple, blue and yellow makes green.
    Question: how do you make orange?

  2. Hey Nubo,
    That is absolutely correct.
    Remember the old RGB monitors?
    You’re a smart guy.
    Lots of people don’t know, either one way or the other that there are 2 sets
    of primary colors.
    Me

  3. Peter, there are 2 sets of primary colors. The ones you list are for mixing pigments and paint. The primary colors for mixing *light* are Red, Green, and Blue.

    To make Orange with paint, you mix Red and Yellow.

    To make Orange with light, you mix Red with a lesser portion of Green.

  4. 1. Primary Colors are Red, Blue and Yellow.
    2. Secondary colors are purple, green and orange.

    For example: red and blue makes purple, blue and yellow makes green.
    Question: how do you make orange?

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