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October 11, 2013 7:48 pm
Ripe peaches are gathered in a bowl, set on a tabletop covered by a crocheted, white cloth. The subject and composition, at first glance, resemble a still life impressionist painting, conjuring Manet, Renoir or Chardin. Produced by Laura Gilpin (1891-1979) when she was just 21, the image is an autochrome, the earliest type of colour photography, which was patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903. Gilpin, a Colorado socialite, took the photograph in Delta County, where her father had an alfalfa ranch. She would later become famous for her photos of the Navajo people and Southwestern landscapes. “Still Life with Peaches, 1912” features in Color! American Photography Transformed (see slideshow below), an exhibition showing at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Texas until January 5 2014.
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