Using the Autochrome Lumière process that was launched in 1907, Mervyn O’Gorman shot images that are now regularly featured in exhibitions of early color photos.
Among his best known works are a series of color photos of his daughter, Christina, taken in 1913.
These photos and the technology behind them are both curious side projects, neither of them being the primary invention or occupation of their authors. Autochrome was patented in 1903 by the Lumier Brothers in France, who were most famous for their work with cinema; Mervyn O’Gorman is best known as a motoring pioneer and one of the greatest British aeronautical engineers of his time.
The National Media Museum writes that Christina’s choice of red outfits in the portraits was a good one, as the color was captured particularly vibrantly by the Autochrome process.
Christina In Red: Autochrome Portraits are from the Early Days of Color Photography: