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5 Questions about the State of Photography in L.A. Today

Los Angeles at dusk

Quick takes on photography and L.A. from four experts. More»

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Artists, Educators, and Curators on L.A. and Photography

George Baker, professor of art history at UCLA, offering the keynote address. On screen: photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron
George Baker, professor of art history at UCLA, offering the keynote address. On screen: photograph by Julia Margaret Cameron

Photography turned 175 this year. Audio and recaps from the special celebratory symposium. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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