Hand-Colored Photographs

Hand-Colored Photographs

Exhibit at the Dayton Art Institute: Hand-Colored Photographs March 23–September 22, 2024, James M. Cox Gallery, Gallery 118

Event details

Address: 456 Belmonte Park North, Dayton, OH 45405 [Map/directions]
Add to Google calendar Sat, Jun 22 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Sun, Jun 23 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Wed, Jun 26 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Thu, Jun 27 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Add to Google calendar Fri, Jun 28 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Sat, Jun 29 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Sun, Jun 30 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Wed, Jul 03 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Add to Google calendar Thu, Jul 04 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Sat, Jun 22 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jun 23 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Wed, Jun 26 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu, Jun 27 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Jun 28 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, Jun 29 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jun 30 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Wed, Jul 03 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu, Jul 04 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Jul 05 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, Jul 06 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jul 07 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Wed, Jul 10 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu, Jul 11 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Jul 12 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, Jul 13 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jul 14 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Wed, Jul 17 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu, Jul 18 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Jul 19 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sat, Jul 20 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Sun, Jul 21 2024 Noon - 5:00pm
Wed, Jul 24 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm
Thu, Jul 25 2024 11:00am - 8:00pm
Fri, Jul 26 2024 11:00am - 5:00pm

Hand-Colored Photographs

When photography was officially invented in 1839, it consisted of black-and-white photographs, but photographers began to add hand-coloring almost immediately. They did this for a variety of reasons, although it was often to make their subjects “more lifelike.” Some people wanted to make photographs appear more like paintings, in part so they may be accepted as fine art—although this wouldn’t happen broadly until the mid-twentieth century. As opposed to more expensive oil paintings, photographs became a much easier way for many Americans to own visual art or family portraits. The prevalence of hand-colored photography declined with the advent of widely available and reliable color photography around the 1960s.

As unique objects that combine the skill sets of photographers and painters, hand-colored photographs incorporate many photographic subjects, formats and sizes. This exhibition features portrait, landscape, still life and advertising photographs across a variety of processes, including tintypes, salt prints, platinum prints and gelatin silver prints. Hand colorists (typically uncredited women) ranged from professionals in a studio setting to amateurs at home, using colored pigments, dyes, oils, pencils, pastels and watercolors.

Featured Image: Artist(s) Unknown (American), UNTITLED [ONE YEAR OF AGE], 20th Century, Hand-colored gelatin silver print, Gift of Peter J. Cohen, 2023.335.35

Dayton Art Institute

Hand-Colored Photographs is taking place at Dayton Art Institute, which is located at 456 Belmonte Park North in Dayton. Dayton Art Institute - Committed to enriching the community by creating meaningful experiences with art that are available to all. Visit us often to enjoy our diverse collections, world class exhibits and more.

Dayton Events Calendar

While we strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information on Dayton Local, we cannot guarantee its completeness or absence of errors. Your use of this website signifies your acceptance of our terms & conditions. To report any inaccuracies or provide feedback, please send us a note. Thank you.