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Home Colour printing in 1962

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Does anyone else remember colour printing from 35mm colour negatives in or around 1962?

Two of us were quite heavily in to photography, and as Ilford were now selling colour printing paper and using dish development, to amateurs, we decided to offer our student friends, "Colour Degree Portraits" at the same price that the shops were charging for "Black & White Degree Portraits". We used Agfa CN17 as our 35mm film, and that (and the finer grain CN14) was unmasked.

I had a fair sized room at college, decent sized table and we could black out the windows, so I got my enlarger etc. moved there, and after the shoots, we spent several nights producing the prints. The three exposures using the very narrow spectral cut filters, were very long (2-4 minutes each), and were done in sequence - counting the ticks from our darkroom clock. (No subtractive filtration for this job!) Washing was done in the bath in a communal bathroom along the landing. All went well, until the college servant who lived in the same building decided to find out who had left the tap running... ...during the night. I'm not sure who was more surprised, him or ourselves seeing him out of uniform and in his bedroom attire.

Sadly, the stability of the colours was poor, even though I remember using an extra stage to enhance the stability, and the colour print given to my parents lasted less than 3 months. We had taken back-up shots in B&W and they still exist.

... and that's me in 1962.

 


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