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Early 1900s color photos look like literal dreams
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UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome 120 x 165mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 04: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome 89 x 120mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome 165 x 120mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 16: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 04: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - MARCH 04: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome 82 x 107mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MAY 20: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - DECEMBER 14: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 04: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867-1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - MARCH 04: Autochrome 120 x 165mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph ( 165 x 120mm) by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome 120 x 165mm. Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 17: Autochrome by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - FEBRUARY 09: Autochrome photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 17: Autochrome photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931) taken in Whitby, North Yorkshire. Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 17: Photograph by John Cimon Warburg (1867 -1931). Warburg was able to devote his time wholeheartedly to photography because bad asthma stopped him from working in a full time job and a private income gave him economic freedom. He excelled at the Autochrome process, giving lectures and writing extensively on the subject. Although never a member of The Linked Ring, he seems to have been something of a linchpin in the photographic world. Saithes is the birthplace of Captain Cook. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - AUGUST 24: Portrait of photographer John Cimon Warburg by Helen Messinger Murdoch. (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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Born into a wealthy family, John Cimon Warburg's chronic asthma made it difficult for him to work a full-time job. Instead, he chose to devote his time and money entirely to the study and practice of photography.

He was particularly interested in working with Autochrome, one of the earliest color photography processes.

Patented by the Lumière brothers in 1903, Autochrome produced a color transparency using a layer of potato starch grains dyed red, green and blue, along with a complex development process.

Autochromes required longer exposure times than traditional black-and-white photos, resulting in images with a hazy, blurred atmosphere filled with pointillist dots of color.

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