These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams

1909 “The Japanese parasol.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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Born into a wealthy family, John Cimon Warburg (1867 – 1931) was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world.

Patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903, Autochrome produced a color transparency using a layer of potato starch grains dyed red, green and blue, along with a complex development process.

Autochromes required longer exposure times than traditional black-and-white photos, resulting in images with a hazy, blurred atmosphere filled with pointillist dots of color.

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1915 “Margate beach, blue girl.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1907 “Joan in Red Riding Hood cape with basket.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Saltburn Sands.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Cow on Saltburn sands.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1908 “The orange stall.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1908 “Children by the breakwater.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1909 “Peggy reading.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1909 “Daydreams.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1909
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1909 “The green mat.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1910 “On the sands.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1909 “Birch trees on a river bank.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1910 “The Neptune Fountain, Cheltenham.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1910 “The last digger.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Children drawing.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Girl with a bucket.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Girl in a white dress.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “A small customer.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
John Cimon Warburg/SSPL/Getty Images

c. 1909 “Peggy in the garden.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “The butcher’s shop.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1908 “A rusty buoy.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
John Cimon Warburg/SSPL/Getty Images

1915 “Two girls at the gate.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Mrs. Warburg.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Whitby, the dredger.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1915 “Staithes Harbor.”
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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1925 A portrait of John Cimon Warburg by Helen Missinger Murdoch.
These Early 1900s Color Autochrome Images Look Like Literal Dreams
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