Saturday, May 11, 2013

First Color Photograph

Photograph by James Clerk Maxwell

Best known for his development of electromagnetic theory, Scottish physicist James Clerk Maxwell dabbled in color theory throughout his life, eventually producing the first color photograph in 1861. Maxwell created the image of the tartan ribbon shown here by photographing it three times through red, blue, and yellow filters, then recombining the images into one color composite. (via National Geographic Society)

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