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Physical and visual state of 100-year-old Lippman color photographs
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Paper Abstract

In 1891 Gabriel Lippmann demonstrated a photographic process which records full color images on black and white emulsions. It is closely related to Denisyuk's reflection holography technique, which he named after Lippmann. After a historical introduction I will speak on the physical state and visual appearance of Lippmann-process color images produced at the turn of the century by Lippmann and a limited number of other practitioners. Images made on albumin, collodion and gelatine will be discussed, based on my examination of more than 400 images held in public and private collections. Examples of old original images (and some new work) will be shown. It is possible to conclude that, if properly excited, such images will be stable in their beautiful rendition of color and extremely high resolution almost indefinitely.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1998
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3358, Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography, (1 February 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.301457
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William R. Alschuler, California Institute of the Arts (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3358:
Sixth International Symposium on Display Holography
Tung H. Jeong, Editor(s)

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