Color in a black-and-white world

ART

May 20, 1999|By Glenn McNatt

Even after the invention of photography, painters still claimed supremacy in rendering color, especially in portraiture. Photographers responded by hand-painting their images to make them more lifelike.

"Color Before Color," an exhibition at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County's Albin O. Kuhn Library Gallery, presents 50 hand-painted daguerreotypes, tintypes and silver prints that illustrate the popular demand for photographs in color before the invention of color films. The show runs through June 19.

The gallery is located on the first floor of the Albin O. Kuhn Library on the UMBC campus. Hours are noon to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, Thursdays until 8 p.m. Call 410-455-2270.

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