Incredible Photos From World War One, Now In Color
In honor of Veterans Day, the arts writers at Time have compiled an eye-opening series on World War One as seen through the trenches. The catch? It’s in color. When looking at the historical, the mind naturally thinks in black and white–especially way back at the beginnings of the 20th century. Nevertheless, it was precisely at this time that the French Lumiere brothers introduced the autochrome technique to the world of photography, as seen in these photos. Sealing natural color into permanent glass negatives via emulsion layers, autochrome drastically altered photography’s future. Though it seems a bit unnatural to examine participants in the Great War in such a saturated light, autochrome adds dimension and life to subjects whose formerly black and white faces inspired little curiosity within history textbooks.