Boulogne sur Mer • 1890s

I like these coloured prints of provincial railway stations and seaside views. Usually, they are black-and-white albumen prints with hand-colouring added, through a pochoire stencil.

The French were very good at producing these kinds of images.

The combination of colour and black-and-white produces an interesting two dimensional effect…the coloured elements seem to float in relation to each other. Not the floating world, but something a bit like it.

John Hinde was a photographer who did something similar in Britain during the 1950s with Butlins holiday camps…and Sir Peter Blake’s collages have a similar spatial set-up.

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