Taking on Colour: Technique in Colour Photography

18 Apr 2001 - 03 Sep 2001

Although colour photography has existed since the mid nineteenth century, only recently have museums begun to actively collect colour photographs. There was the justifiable fear that such photographs would fade and discolour; consequently, in terms of art photography, the black and white print reigned supreme. However, since the 1970s, artists have experimented with a number of processes to create colour images. These works, drawn from the collection of the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, represent the different ways artists have used colour in their photography. From the relatively simple and direct approach of hand tinting to the complex Carbon Pigment process, this exhibition demonstrates how colour constitutes an exciting component of much photographic practice.