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VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY

Hauntingly beautiful images. From the Royal Photographic Society’s historically unrivalled collection at the National Media Museum, we’ve chosen this selection of pioneering vintage photographs.

John Cimon Warburg

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Quote_l “Working in photography’s pioneering days he developed his distinctive colour techniques.”

Hauntingly beautiful, the pioneering vintage photographs which form our collection have been selected from the historically unrivalled Royal Photographic Society housed at the National Media Museum. This collection encompasses some the most significant and important visual material to be found anywhere in the world. Works by John Cimon Warburg, Otto Pfenninger, and Gertrude Kasebier offer a glimpse of a bygone age and the beginnings of an art form.

Some of our favourite images in the whole of the Surface View collection were created by John Cimon Warburg. Poor of health yet lucky enough to have a private income, he was able to devote his life to his creative pursuits. Working in photography’s pioneering days at the turn of the century, he excelled at the Autochrome Lumière process, a distinctive colour process which gives his images that extraordinary, transcendental feel. We’re in love with these early masterpieces of the form.

Name John Cimon Warburg
Collection Vintage Photography
Category Photography
Date 1867 - 1931

Vintage Photography
  • John Cimon Warburg
    • Image Margate Beach, Blue Girl
  • John Cimon Warburg
    • Image Children by the Breakwater

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Hauntingly beautiful images. From the Royal Photographic Society’s historically unrivalled collection at the National Media Museum, we’ve chosen this selection of pioneering vintage photographs.