The power of colour to evoke an era

I’m currently reading Stephen Shore’s The Nature of Photographs, and his observations about colour and its power to reference a culture or an age struck a chord, as so much of my past was captured in Kodachrome and I sometimes wonder whether life really did look like that then.

Anne Turyn used a Kodachrome-like colour palette to evoke the 1960s, which works really well despite (or perhaps because of) the fact that the items are clearly props and the models are sometimes obviously from the 1980s (when the images were made).

Shore also talks about colour photographs being more transparent than b&w, by which he means that they are more readily/easily taken to be the object or scene they show, rather than being experienced as a representation of that object/scene.

Anne Turyn: from Illustrated Memories (1983–95)

References and resources

Shore, S. (2007) The Nature of Photographs. USA: Phaidon
Turyn, A. (2018) ‘Illustrated Memories’. Available from:–1983-1995/Illustrated_Memories_yellow_car__Turyn [accessed 31/01/18]