The first color photograph [1861]

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