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St Monance, Fife

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St Monance, Fife About 1910

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
This glowing picture of a harbour is an autochrome which was one of the first efficient colour processes of photography. It was a comparatively slow and expensive process and a landscape photograph in full sun, like this one, would take a couple of seconds to register. There is no movement in the fishing boats, so this must have been a remarkably still day.

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One of the first effective colour processes. This employs minute grains of potato starch, dyed in the three colours orange, green and violet, mixed and spread on a glass plate, where they filter the colours of light during exposure to give the natural result.



  • Acc. No. PGP EPS 124
  • Medium Autochrome
  • Size 3.80 x 10.00 cm
  • Credit Edinburgh Photographic Society Collection, gifted 1987