Re: Color Daguerreotypes?

From: Peter Marshall ^lt;[email protected]>
Date: 01/23/04-03:59:58 PM Z
Message-id: <memo.20040123215934.1012A@petermarshall.compulink.co.uk>

> Abrams' "The Invention of Photography" briefly mentions a 'Pastor Hill'
> and
> his attempts at color photography using the Daguerreotype. The book
> didn't
> elaborate on the process or the success but I was wondering if anyone
> has
> seen or heard of this kind of work? I would guess that the experiments
> would be in the 1860-1866 realm, is that on base?
>
> Maybe they could be talking about a toning procedure but I was under the
> impression that Daguerreotypes were generally toned with Gold after
> development.
>
> -Jon
>
>

No, I think it is really about the kind of random colours that you get in
some dags, perhaps they are interference colours? I wrote briefly about
this in a piece on colouring images, with a link to a rather unconvincing
example at http://historywired.si.edu/objectvoted.cfm%3FID=461

Hill was about 1850, earlier Robert Hunt had made similar claims. There
is a tiny bit about it in my feature at
http://photography.about.com/library/weekly/aa061002b.htm

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