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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Frederic E. Ives

Born: Frederick Eugene Ives 
Other: Frederic Ives 
Dates:  1856, 17 February - 1937, 27 May
Born:  US, CT, Litchfield
Died:  US, PA, Philadelphia
Active:  US
American printer, photographer and inventor. He was interested in printing techniques and the inventor of the halftone engraving process that revolutionized the printing of illustrations in magazines and newspapers. In 1888 he demonstrated the first practical means of projecting three diapositives on a screen and in 1892 he patented a 3-color camera. By 1894 he had modified his designs and patented the photochromoscope. He made many inventions that were important in printing, color photography and motion pictures but failed to patent most of them meaning that he never profited out of his inventions.
In 1996 he was the subject of a 32 cent U.S. stamp.

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

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Frederick E. Ives - First Day of Issue (February 22, 1996) ... 
A 32 cent U.S. stamp was issued in 1996 to commemorate this inventor who developed halftone printing, experimented with color photography and secured over 70 patents for his work. 

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
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