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The first permanent color photograph was taken in 1861

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The first permanent color photograph was taken in 1861 by physicist James Clerk Maxwell who used what is known as the ‘color separation’ method, shooting three separate black and white photos using three filters: red, green, and blue. He then projected the three images registered with their corresponding filters overlapping them to create a color image. The photo below is the famous tartan ribbon photo, the first permanent color photograph.

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