These Color photos of London, spanning from the dark days of the Blitz to the triumphant celebrations of VE Day, were taken in Dufaycolor, a little-known photography process. They give another perspective on the period between 1943 and 1945 when Nazi Germany carried out a sustained aerial bombing campaign against Britain.
Introduced as cinematic film in 1932 and roll film in 1935, Dufaycolor was based on a four-color screen process developed by French chemist Louis Dufay. It was one of the last additive color processes to be marketed, consisting of a fine screen of red, green and blue filter lines printed over a film emulsion.
Though it was popular among professional and amateur photographers until the 1950s, Dufaycolor was ultimately surpassed by Kodachrome and other superior color processes.
|Bomb damage to a London street. Dec. 16, 1943.|
|St. Paul’s cathedral stands intact amid buildings destroyed by bombing. Dec. 10, 1943.|
|The Old Bailey law courts, damaged by German bombing. Dec. 10, 1941.|
|Houses destroyed by German bombing. 1943.|
|Allied flags are displayed in celebration of victory in Europe. Sept. 3, 1945.|
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