Definition of autochrome in English:



  • 1mass noun, usually as modifier An early form of colour photography using plates coated with dyed starch grains, patented by the Lumière brothers in 1904.

    ‘the autochrome process’
    • ‘Made using the potato-based autochrome photographic process invented by the Lumiere brothers in 1903, they combine the calm stillness characteristic of long, slow exposure with colours of pointillist subtlety.’
    • ‘With the advent of the autochrome process (in its 100th anniversary in 2003), then Kodachrome and Agfacolor in the late 1930s, photographs became colorful but the process was mainly limited to commercial photography.’
    • ‘The actual colour photos were done using Auguste and Louis Lumière's autochrome process.’
    • ‘Anyway, that reminded me of these early colour (autochrome) photographs taken by Lionel Lindsay in the early years of the century, and displayed online at the National Library.’
    1. 1.1count noun A colour photograph made using the autochrome process.
      • ‘Both the glass base and the process used to create these autochromes are subject to deterioration.’
      • ‘As the original autochromes are all on glass, the glossy surface of cibachromes was chosen for reproduction.’
      • ‘Cleaning and preparing, and then scanning the fragile autochromes took a few weeks by itself.’
      • ‘Most of the autochromes are very dark (by nowadays standards) but they are really beautiful.’
      • ‘I dare to say that we had to wait for modern digital photography in order to manage mixed colour temperatures like autochromes did in the past.’