Definition of autochrome in English:



usually as modifier
  • 1An early form of color photography using plates coated with dyed starch grains, patented by the Lumière brothers in 1904.

    ‘the autochrome process’
    • ‘The actual colour photos were done using Auguste and Louis Lumière's autochrome process.’
    • ‘Made using the potato-based autochrome photographic process invented by the Lumiere brothers in 1903, they combine the calm stillness characteristic of long, slow exposure with colours of pointillist subtlety.’
    • ‘Anyway, that reminded me of these early colour (autochrome) photographs taken by Lionel Lindsay in the early years of the century, and displayed online at the National Library.’
    • ‘With the advent of the autochrome process (in its 100th anniversary in 2003), then Kodachrome and Agfacolor in the late 1930s, photographs became colorful but the process was mainly limited to commercial photography.’
    1. 1.1A color photograph made by the autochrome process.
      ‘Both the glass base and the process used to create these autochromes are subject to deterioration.’
      • ‘Cleaning and preparing, and then scanning the fragile autochromes took a few weeks by itself.’
      • ‘As the original autochromes are all on glass, the glossy surface of cibachromes was chosen for reproduction.’
      • ‘Most of the autochromes are very dark (by nowadays standards) but they are really beautiful.’
      • ‘I dare to say that we had to wait for modern digital photography in order to manage mixed colour temperatures like autochromes did in the past.’



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