I stumbled across this video on Bradford Cox’s excellent blog, and like him became ever so slightly enthralled by it.
After a bit of research I discovered that the dancer is Loie Fuller who invented this dance known as the Serpentine Dance. The dance is beautiful in itself, but for me I was more intrigued by the quality of the film and the use of colour filters. I think the film is probably shot on an Edison Kinetoscope, which was one of Edison’s earliest film cameras, apparently lots of the earliest films featured dancers in flowing robes as the movement was easier to capture. The colour filters, I guess are just to add colour to a black and white film, but I was wondering whether anyone had any further info on this process? Are there any masters of the artform and is anyone doing anything similar today?
Here’s another good example, the girl looks a bit like Florence Welsh though!
I also came across this photo of an Indian Maharaja which has used the same colouring effects. Again any information would be greatly received: