They were taken by a process known as autochrome, and developed by Lumière Brothers, and was the only widely used color photography technique used until film caught up in the 1930's.
The photographer is Mervyn O'Gormon, a famed British engineer. The girl is believed to be his daughter Christina, captured on a beach in Lolworth Cover, Southern England.
Images of Christian are displayed in the exhibit Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Collection, at the National Media Museum, Bedford, England, until June 21.
These photographs of a girl in a red dress have a startling modern feel to them, despite dating back 102 years to the dawn of color photography.
There is no record of Lt. Mervyn O'Gormon, and his wife Florence, having any children as I have been able to find. There is a census record of a Christina O'Gormon living in Dublin Ireland born in the 1890's.
"That would make her about the same age as the model in the pictures, and we do know that Mervyn O'Gormon had family ties to Ireland. It is possible she is the same person, but it is impossible to say.
Subsequent versions, which did away with the glass and used film, remained in use until the 1950's but were eventually overshadowed by more advanced techniques.
Mervyn died in 1958, his wife much earlier in 1931. There are no records of the daughters.
http://www.nationalmediamuseum.org.uk/planavisit/exhibitions/drawn-by-light/about, Bradford, England, until June 21.
Now, go make something beautiful ...
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥
Special thanks to Jennifer Kincheloe, author of the Anna Blanc series of Victorian detective novels, who
first introduced me to these marvelous early photographic works of art. Her latest book, The Secret Life of Anna
Blanc - Mystery, Murder, and Romance in 1900's L.A. is available now for pre-order.