Color Shift


California Museum of Photography

August 31, 2019 - July 20, 2020


Fall Opening Reception

Saturday, October 5, 2019, 6pm - 8pm



Photography has had a tumultuous relationship with color since its invention. Early photographers employed colorists to tint images with surrogacy for the missing color; inconsistent color sensitivity affected the way objects were depicted even in monochromes. Fleeting and erratic color dyes shifted C-prints in a matter of decades, or even years. Color Shift draws from the California Museum of Photography's extensive collection to explore the many ways in which we encounter color in photography, from the added to the actual. 



Image: Olindo Ceccarini, Joan Crawford holding color control bar, 1930, digital composite from tri-color separation negatives, collection of the California Museum of Photography, gift of Olindo O. Ceccarini. 



Curator: Leigh Gleason