Pictorial Palette #5: Grace Kelly

In Frank Sinatra’s biography The Life, the author makes this statement about Sinatra’s failed conquest of Grace Kelly: [she] was a princess long before she married Prince Ranier. Class acts don’t come much classier than Grace Kelly. And here in this shot she is a creamy technicolor dream. Nothing short of regal, as would soon […]

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Favorite Website of the Week: Sepia Town

Forget the Flux Capacitor—Time Travel is HERE. Well… virtually. SepiaTown is an ingenious new service that allows users to upload and map historical images from any given place or period.  (Think of it as a GoogleMap Street View with a Then and Now function!) We heart SepiaTown and want to live there. Permanently.  Starting now. […]

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Albert Kahn’s Experimental Color Photography

Our earlier posting of early 20th century color photography in Russia generated quite a lot of interest, so we’re following up with a look at the work of French-Jewish photographer Albert Kahn.  The excellent photo blog Citynoise posted a collection of Kahn’s experimental color photography from the early 1900s, for which he used a process […]

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Albert Kahn's Experimental Color Photography

Our earlier posting of early 20th century color photography in Russia generated quite a lot of interest, so we’re following up with a look at the work of French-Jewish photographer Albert Kahn.  The excellent photo blog Citynoise posted a collection of Kahn’s experimental color photography from the early 1900s, for which he used a process […]

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Empire of Color: Early 20th Century Russian Photography

Sergei Prokudin-Gorskiiwas a Russian chemist who’s experimental color photography captures the life of Russia before the Revolution with striking realism. His process consisted of shooting black-and-white exposures with red, green and blue filters, combining them to create a color image. (This process was often done on board a makeshift dark room on his long train […]

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1927 Map of California

There is a totally fun post over at Cinematical about a map of California— Paramount Pictures style.  A solid 80 years before the words “runaway production” would shake the Hollywood infrastructure, this 1927 sketch of the Golden State illustrates the way the studios used California’s natural resources to represent the four corners of the world […]

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1927 Map of California

There is a totally fun post over at Cinematical about a map of California— Paramount Pictures style.  A solid 80 years before the words “runaway production” would shake the Hollywood infrastructure, this 1927 sketch of the Golden State illustrates the way the studios used California’s natural resources to represent the four corners of the world […]

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Mary Pickford’s “Wilshire Links”

Los Angeles in 7 Days is a firsthand account of Los Angeles as it was in 1932. Long out of print, the book is an delightful resource in reconstructing the geography of Depression-era L.A.  Written by Lanier Bartlett and his wife Virginia Stivers Bartlett at the behest of a local publisher, the book details (what […]

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Mary Pickford’s "Wilshire Links"

Los Angeles in 7 Days is a firsthand account of Los Angeles as it was in 1932. Long out of print, the book is an delightful resource in reconstructing the geography of Depression-era L.A.  Written by Lanier Bartlett and his wife Virginia Stivers Bartlett at the behest of a local publisher, the book details (what […]

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The Toll of the Sea and Technicolor at UCLA

Tomorrow, UCLA’s Nitrate to Digital series marches on with a presentation that the Pictorial is particularly keen about: Technicolor. The history of Technicolor is (and I do hate to make the pun) a colorful one indeed, although the technicalities of the technology’s early processes can be daunting. (Additive color, subtractive color, cement print, dye transfer […]

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