from The Century Dictionary.

  • A term applied to the Lumière process of color photography (which see).

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  • noun An early photograph produced by means of a glass plate coated on one side with a random mosaic of microscopic dyed grains of potato starch under silver halide emulsion.


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  • The process was called the autochrome, and it was a complicated process using, of all things ... potatoes.

    Beautiful autochromes The Nag 2009

  • The autochrome process, the first successful method for producing color photos, produced Impressionist-like images with delicate colors.

    From Distant Times and Climes 2010

  • The 1910 autochrome of medieval cosplayers, cropped above, and the monkey-on-a-rhino gelatin print below are in a set of early 20th century photographs from The George Eastman House, which has joined the flickr commons.

    Boing Boing 2008

  • Seen here is a stereo autochrome, c. 1912, by Paul Sano.

    Boing Boing 2008

  • In all, the softened autochrome colors enhance the notion of distant places and times.

    From Distant Times and Climes 2010

  • Steichen introduced color photography to the United States in 1907; the autochrome technique he used was developed by the Lumi? re brothers in Paris.

    Pushing The Limits 2007

  • The richness of the colours can be extreme as you see from the colour photographs (Lumiere autochrome plates) which are here projected.

    Jean Baptiste Perrin - Nobel Lecture 1965

  • All the illustrations, both autochrome and monochrome, are the work of Mr. Coburn.

    Mark Twain Archibald Henderson 1920

  • All the illustrations, both autochrome and monochrome, are the work of Mr. Coburn.

    Mark Twain Henderson, Archibald 1910

  • A recent exhibition of priceless autochrome colour photographs nearly 100 years old drew more than 100,000 visitors -- a record for the Albert Kahn museum in Paris -- captivating visitors with everyday scenes and palace life in a country whose native rulers behaved like God.

    Medindia Health News 2010


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  • With a capital A, a reliable process for making color pictures developed by Louis Lumière between 1903 and 1907. In the Autochrome process, a glass plate was coated with grains of potato starch mixed with red, green, and blue dyes. A black-and-white negative was exposed through the coated glass plate, and the result was a color picture.

    October 8, 2007