I love Autochromes! They were the first colored photography invented by the Lumiere Brothers
. One of my favorite photographers is the Belgian artist Alfonse Van Besten (1865-1926). His work is just fantastic. His colors have been a huge inspiration for my illustration lately. I love how the colors are muted and a bit dark. I find them almost anti-pastel...I think they are incredibly beautiful. Don't you?
Here are a few of my favorites:
|Red and Green Wigs, 1912|
|Van Besten Painting in his Garden, 1909|
|Young Girl Amidst Marguerites, 1913|
|Two Girls Picking Cornflowers, 1912|
|Veiled Lady in Abbey Ruins, c. 1910|
|Groupe Antique Composition, 1912|
Strangely enough, there is not much information about Alfonse online. But you can find a little bit more about him and his contemporaries at the wonderful site Belgian Autochromists
. There is also so really interesting Autochrome information here
Maybe Instagram will come up with a Autochrome filter, one can dream...