Primrose: Russian Colour Photography
1 August – 19 October 2014
Exploring colour experiments and developments in Russian photography through artists such as Alexander Rodchenko and Boris Mikhailov.
Colour photography was developed in the early 1850s, almost simultaneously with the medium itself. Early colouring techniques were based on the methods of traditional craftsmen, who added colour into the image by hand. This technique was particularly popular in Russia, marking a clear trend in the nation's photographic history.
Works on display range from postcard landscapes and portraits to Soviet propaganda and avant-garde and reportage photography. Featured artists include Ivan Shagin, Dmitry Baltermants, Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky and Vladislav Mikosha.