The worlding of light and air: Dufaycolor and Selochrome in the 1930s

Henning, Michelle ORCID: (2020) The worlding of light and air: Dufaycolor and Selochrome in the 1930s. Visual Culture in Britain, 21 (2). pp. 177-198. ISSN 1471-4787

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During the 1930s, new photographic technologies and practices addressed the difficulties of dealing with different kinds of climate, in Britain and her colonies. This article draws on archival material associated with two brands of photographic film manufactured in England by Ilford Limited: Selochrome and Dufaycolor. It describes these films as involved in a process of ‘worlding’, and as part of a ‘photography complex’ which produces the tropics and the British seaside as testing grounds for photography. Worlding involves the harnessing of light and air, the recalibration of bodies, the redistribution of sensory experiencs and the production of new materialities.

Item Type: Article
Identifier: 10.1080/14714787.2020.1730706
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Visual Culture in Britain on 23/03/2020, available online:
Keywords: photography industry, worlding, colour film, Dufaycolor, Ilford, tropics, actinism, body culture.
Subjects: Arts > Cultural history
Media > Photography
Arts > Art and design history
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Depositing User: Michelle Henning
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 19:27
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2024 16:00


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