<noembed><nolayer><div style="position:absolute; left:0; top:-100; display:none;"> The oldest known color photograph: 1872<br> Views and Vistas in France picture - Before the Autochrome process was perfected in France, this photograph of a landscape in Southern France was taken. No, it is not hand-tinted. This is a color-photograph. (Note: It was published in a Time/Life Book entitled &#34;Color&#34; in 1972, &#34;courtesey of George Eastman House, Paulus Lesser.&#34;) You are looking at the birth of color photography seven years after the American Civil War. 130 years ago this view of Angouleme, France, was created by a &#34;subtractive&#34; method. This is the basis for all color photography, even today. It was taken by Louis Ducos du Hauron who proposed the method in 1869. It was not until the 1930&#39;s that this method was perfected for commercial use. </div></nolayer></noembed>
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