The portfolio of the exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Château de Tours, dedicated to autochrome, a technique patented at the very beginning of the 20th century by the Lumière brothers, which revolutionized the history of photography by introducing color, before falling into oblivion and then being rediscovered in recent decades by historians and collectors.
Symbolizing the arrival of color in photography, the autochrome constitutes one of the great revolutions in the history of the medium. Appeared in 1907 and following a great craze, it gradually fell into a long period of oblivion from which a few historians and collectors, who knew how to appreciate the finesse and sensuality, gradually draw it.
Accompanying the exhibition at the Château de Tours, this album is a contribution to this history in progress, in the hope that they will allow to sensitize the public to this so particular poetry of the autochrome. It crosses two collections: on the one hand, the AN collection, gathered since 2006 by the collectors Soizic Audouard and Élisabeth Nora, and on the other hand the fascinating collection of autochromes from the First World War housed by the Médiathèque de la photographie et du patrimoine.
Published on the occasion of the eponymous exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Château de Tours from December 2022 to May 2023.