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Clifton R. Adams captured these colour photographs in 1928 England for the National Geographic, using a process called Autochrome. The technique involved potatoes, of all things. Grains of dyed potato starch, about 4,000,000 per square inch, covered a glass plate. The miniscule spaces between the grains would then fill up with lampblack, and the coated layer allowed the exposure to produce a color image. First vodka and now this. Truly, the king of root vegetables.
The 1920s were a time of great flux for England. As well as being between World Wars, the country would experience the general strike and the enfranchisement of women. Adams' photos do well to capture a time of hope and uncertainty.
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