Giuseppe Gallino

An amateur photographer active in the first half of the 1900’s, Giuseppe Gallino is particularly important for his production of over two hundred colour photos taken after 1911, when  Auguste Lumière came to Turin to illustrate a new technique and consequently to sell the  autochrome plates produced by his firm. In a document accompanying the plates he writes:” In 1911 Auguste Lumière came to the Photographic Society in Turin to explain how to produce colour negatives with his system of trichromatism. The procedure was based on potato starch   which absorbed colours with its minute round grains. The three-colour mosaic, (orange, green, blue-purple) resulting from exposure was able to produce pure whites. The plates were supplied by Lumière himself. Development was extremely difficult because total darkness was required and the water of Turin was not suitable because it was too chalky”. As well as the Lumière plates the Foundation preserves black and white photographs taken by Gallino in the mountains.