PHOTOCHROM GUIDE TO : Switzerland & the Alps, 1890-1905.

DETAIL from Mountaineers on the Low Grindelwald Glacier, Photochrom Zurich (possibly), 1896-1897.

These Photochrome images of Switzerland are by Photocrome Zurich, made shortly after they invented the process in the 1880s.

There were 3 variations of the Photocrome processes at the time; Fotochrom, & Aäc Photocrome & the original, PhotoChrome.

The Photocrome process was an old school process for colourizing black-and-white negatives via the direct photographic transfer of a negative onto lo-fi lithographic printing plates made of stobe. The process is a photographic variant of chromolithography (color lithography).

Creatively choosing colour & then using a mechanical process to apply that colour to a black & white photo rather than doing it by hand. Colouring-in a monotone world.

Enjoy. The colour is these is wild.

Tunnel on the Axenstrasse in Switzerland, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

Path along the Dürrensee with Monte Cristallo in the background with Ampezzo Street.
Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.
Grütschalp, Switzerland. Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

View of the Alps from-the Pilatus in Switzerland, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

View of Trafoi, the Stelvio Pass and a glacier, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

Pilatus, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

Staubbach and Jungfrau, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

Mountaineers on the Low Grindelwald Glacier, Photochrom Zurich (possibly), 1896-1897.
Murren, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.
View of Hospental & Andermatt, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

View of Luzern, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print

View of Menaggio on Lake Como, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

View of Lucerne, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.
View of Bellagio and surrounding farmlands on Lake Como, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.
Die Tellsplatte, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.
City view of Berchtesgaden with a view of the Watzmann, Photochrom Zurich, circa 1896-1897, photochromic-print.

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