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Levi L. Hill
Landscape with Farmhouse
National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution
Courtesy of the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Washington, DC.
Levi L. Hill stirred up a sensation in the 1850s by announcing he had discovered a way to make color photographs directly from nature. The photographic community waited in vain for Hill to publish repeatable results of the process and his claim was dismissed as a hoax. Now, it appears his method combined a camera-made image that was enhanced with hand-applied color.