Early Russian colour photographs / by Neil Genower

Today I called into the Photographer's Gallery,London, as I often do when I'm around there and there was a surprisingly interesting exhibition. I find the Photographer's Gallery a little bit too keen to blur the edges of photography and other artistic media. For me, it doesn't have enough "photography". I know that sounds weird but in it's attempt to be uber contemporary, it loses sight of traditional photography. It's totally fine to have photography that incorporates video or sculpture or any other aspect of what is perceived as art, but it is biased to this too much and there is not nearly enough photographs that are just that, photographs.

Having said all that, I'm in danger of tripping over my own observations. On there at the moment is a wonderful exhibition entitled 'Early colour photography in Russia'. It shows how skilled the first colouring of black and white pictures were, really clever use of the available materials.Early experiments range from hand-tinting of images to early 20th century tri-plate isochromatic photographs and autochromes. If you're in the Oxford Street, Soho area of London, go and take a look, or check out the website http://thephotographersgallery.org.uk/primrose-russian-colour-photography-2

Early Russian colour at The Photographer's Gallery.

Early Russian colour at The Photographer's Gallery.