These Autochrome Photos From The 1920s And ’30s Resulted An A Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today’s Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate – Design You Trust

These Autochrome Photos From The 1920s And ’30s Resulted An A Painting-Like Quality That Not Even Today’s Best Instagram Filters Can Replicate

The method used to make these dreamy photographs resulted in a painting-like quality that not even today’s best Instagram filters can replicate.

Autochromes owe much of this stylized look to the method in which photos were made. Using a glass plate coated with dyed red, green, and blue potato starches, a layer of emulsion was then added to the plate. These plates were then inserted into the camera, which had a lens that filtered the light that passed through the glass.

The technique became popular at National Geographic for its ability to showcase different parts of the world in vibrant color. Autochromes were so widely used that the magazine now has one of the largest collections in the world, second only to Albert Kahn’s Archive of the Planet.

More info: Albert Kahn’s Archive, National Geographic (h/t:

If you want more awesome content, subscribe to 'Oh, Design You Trust,' our brand new Facebook page! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

More Inspiring Stories

The Best Photography Of Pokémon Go
The Oldest Captive Orangutan in the World
Zara Shoppers Are Complaining It’s Impossible To Shop Online Due To Weird Modeling Poses
Bright Moments in Life of USSR People
These Humorous Illustrations Perfectly Sum Up The Reality Of Living With Anxiety And Depression
At Home With The Rolling Stones: Surprising, Charismatic, Scandalous, Intense And Reckless, Here Are The Early Stones As Never Seen Before
Portraits of Couples, Gangs, Children, Friends, and Carnival People at California County Fairs in the Late 1970s
37,4°: A Photographic Project of Carlo Pettinelli
"Symbiosis Of Working And Living": Claustrophobic Homes Of Beijing In Stunning Photographs By Alina Fedorenko
Portrait Series Of Immigrants Restages And Signifies The Importance Of African Settlers In Europe Throughout History And Present Day
20 Perfect Photographs that Reveal the True Beauty of Our World in All Its Glory
Go Vegitarian
Spectacular Winning Photos From The Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2019 Contest
Extreme X-Rays: Photographer Nick Veasey Takes You Inside The Insects
Surreal Photos Of Russia That Look Like A Strange Fairytale
This Year's Incredible British Ecological Society Photography Competition Winners
Photographer Puts Bride And Groom On A Tiny Ledge 350 Feet Above A Valley In New Hampshire
Manchester Girls: Photographs That Celebrate Northern Women, Their Strength And Their Style
Photographer Changes The Physical Appearance Of A Homeless Couple, And The Result Is Amazing
European Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2019 Winners Announced
Beautiful Works Of Creative Photographer Hannes Kutzler
"Tokyo Compression": These Images Of Japanese Commuters Are Not For The Claustrophobic
Rhinos get Upside-Down Helicopter Ride to Safety
Chinese families with all their stuff in a single photo by Huang Qingjun