Tulips, ca. 1911 (Clara Sipprell)

Clara Sipprell (1885-1975) :: Tulips, ca. 1911. Glass transparency. Additive color screen plate(*). | src Amon Carter Museum
Clara E. Sipprell :: Tulips, ca. 1911. Glass transparency. Additive color screen plate(*). | src Amon Carter Museum of American Art

(*) Additive Color Screen Plate or Screen Plate were known commonly by the product name: Autochrome, Filmcolor, Lumicolor, Alticolor. Used mainly between 1907 and 1935. Initially it has a glass support; later products on film supports. This process was the first fully practical single-plate color process. The Autochrome plate or Screen plate could record both saturated and subtle colors with fidelity, and since the screen and the image were combined, there were no registration problems. Nonetheless, it had its drawbacks: the exposure times were long, and the processed plates were very dense, transmitting only less than the 10% of the light reaching them.

The result is a soft, subdued, dreamy colored image. And grainy. Although the starch grain filters were microscopically small their random distribution meant that inevitably there would be clumping of grains of the same color.

Toni Catany’s Tulips

Toni Catany :: Tulipes ~ Tulips, 1980. MNAC ~ Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya via Flickr
Toni Catany :: Tulipa ~ Tulip, 1980 (tiratge 2000). Gelatinobromur de plata sobre paper baritat. | src MNAC ~ Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya

Mapplethorpe’s still-lifes

Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Orchids). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Gypsophila). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Araceae). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Tulips). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Lilies). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Brodiaea). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984. Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Lily). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Roses). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum
Robert Mapplethorpe :: Untitled, from the series: Flowers, 1983 – 1984 (Tulip). Photogravure on handmade paper. | src Städel Museum

Ralph Lindequist Wilson autokrom

Ralph Lindequist Wilson :: Uten tittel. Trolig 1910-årene. Autokrom. Billedsamlingen, UB Bergen. | src Universitetet i Bergen
“Wilson’s autochrome photograph of a simple bouquet of hand-picked wildflowers in a ceramic vase is a delicate and beautiful example of a classic Still Life. The photograph is also a fine example of experimentation with the aesthetic expression: the bouquet is in sharp focus, but all other parts are blurred and more diffuse.” (quoted from source)
Ralph L. Wilson :: Uten tittel. Dato ukjent. Trolig 1920 – 1930-årene. Autokrom. Billedsamlingen, UB Bergen. | src Universitetet i Bergen
Ralph L. Wilson :: Untitled. Probably between 1920s – 1930s. Autochrome. Billedsamlingen, UB Bergen. | src Universitetet i Bergen
Ralph L. Wilson :: Untitled. Probably between 1920s – 1930s. Autochrome. Billedsamlingen, UB Bergen | src Universitetet i Bergen