The first experiments into colour photography began in the 1840s, but while it produced promising results, the process proved too time consuming for these dimly lit pictures to match up to conventional black and white.
It was then in 1955, that trials using the RGB system was used.The method involved light-sensitive chemicals or electronic sensors record color information at the time of exposure, and then blending red, green, and blue light to different proportions like you would with paint. The first colour photograph using this method was made in 1861.
Celebrating the history and progress made in colour photography, the ATLAS Gallery is holding an exhibition that runs until the 5th October. Free to visit, True Colours explores early and contemporary work, with a particular focus on René Burri, a Swiss photographer, who has been taking pictures since he was thirteen. Best known for capturing scenes from major political events, he also worked as a cameraman for Disney Studios until 1955.
Contemporary artists include Adam Jeppesen, photojournalist, Steve McCurry, and Paola Ventura, who takes whimsical, almost vintage style pictures of circus life.