Photographie des Couleurs par la Méthode Interférentielle de M Lippmann


THIS interesting little brochure contains an account of the recent achievements in colour photography which have been made so widely known to the English public through the daily papers. Coming from the pen of an “attaché au Laboratoire des Recherches (Physique) de la Sorbonne,” we may take this contribution as an authorized exposition of M. Lippmann's work, and as such it will be found useful by physicists, chemists, and photographers, as well as by the general reader who wishes to know the real state of the case concerning this important departure in photographic methods. In a short historical introduction the author calls attention to the previous photochromatic attempts by Seebeck in 1810, by Herschel in 1841, by Edmond Becquerel in 1848, by Niepce de St. Victor in 1851 to 1866, and by Poitevin in 1865. It is stated that these and all similar attempts were based upon purely chemical methods, the investigators seeking for some sensitive compound which would give chromatic impressions corresponding to the colours impinging on the film. M. Berget adds the important remark: “a priori, ce problème est irréalisable.”

Photographie des Couleurs par la Méthode Interférentielle de M. Lippmann.

By Alphonse Berget (Paris: Gauthier-Villars et Fils, 1891.)

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MELDOLA, R. Photographie des Couleurs par la Méthode Interférentielle de M Lippmann. Nature 44, 194–195 (1891).

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