The world was not always black and white

“Producing the earliest color photographs was a grueling task. In the 1890s, as companies started manufacturing photosensitive glass plates, employees on the factory floors were routinely exposed to clouds of benzene and ammonia. Photographers ladled out dose after dose of similarly toxic compounds to develop the images, and had to lug around cumbersome darkroom equipment.”

Lumière Autochromes and Other Early Color Photos

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