In living colour: exhibition brings a forgotten photography process back to life

Artist Alan Phelan pays homage to the Irish men who produced the first colour photograph with a new show at the RHA

16th February, 2020
In living colour: exhibition brings a forgotten photography process back to life
Alan Phelan: the contemporary artist’s new exhibition uses the almost-forgotten Joly process. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Did you know that an Irish man was the first to produce a colour photograph? Most people, it transpires, have no idea. A rather unfortunate string of events meant that John Joly and his colleague never got the kudos they ought to have back in the late 1800s. A new exhibition at Dublin’s RHA gallery intends to change that, however, and to create a visual history of the photography method called the Joly process....

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