Prints now on sale at Saatchi Art. 

Technical studies of feature colour film stock through the history of cinema. Designed as visual representation (as well as literal proof) of the key film stocks used and their colour properties, the works were created by chemically reducing various rare unused gelatine-based films. 

The works display not just the colour properties but also the chemical structure, the physicality and the form of the film stocks. You can see the tones made from the colours as well as what is achievable. They go a long way in explaining the trends in colour film of the 1900’s. 

These were originally created for use in ‘Have We Surpassed Reality? A Look at The History of Colour in Film to Predict It’s Future’ But have since been developed. 


Email me for inquiries in to the original works. 

No.2 – Technicolor dichromatic beam splitter technology (earliest use in La Cucaracha, 1934) with three colours (RGB) recorded to film, then bleached with CMY. The first ‘true’ colour process that held monopoly over the cinema industry until the 1950s. 

 

No.1 - Technicolor’s late Additive dye-imbibition process (demonstrated best in The Black Pirate, 1926).

 

No.3 – Eastmancolor by Eastman Kodak (first used in Royal Journey by the National Film Board of Canada). A single-strip colour process that toppled Technicolor’s reign.