Harry Warnecke (1900 – 1994) and associates at the New York Daily News used the complex three color carbro process to make vibrant color portraits of various scenes and celebrities from the entertainment, political and other realms. They developed a camera that could take three separate color images of the subject. These were printed one on top of each other to make startlingly rich color prints that would then be used to make the color covers of the Rotogravure section of the Daily News, one of the first uses of color in newspapers.
An exhibition of Warnecke’s color portraits, “In Vibrant Color,” took place at the National Portrait Gallery in 2012.
This is a unique original color print with a 16 x 13 – inch image. The edges of some of the separate color images can be seen at the border of the picture.
This portrait of Joseph Cotton was made by Warnecke and his associate Gus to be published on December 4, 1946. Cotton had already appeared in Orson Welles’ “Citizen Kane” (1941) and “The Magnificent Ambersons” (1942), “Duel in the Sun” appeared in that very year 1946. He went on to have a long and distinguished career in film and television.