Photography first emerged in the 1840's but it wasn't till almost a hundred years later that colour photography first became available.
As colour photography advanced, along with the cameras that became available, documentary photographers set out around the world to chronicle and capture historical events as well as everyday life. It was a tool for documenting not only events, but social change. Powerful images captured both the good and bad moments of change in our society.
Today colour photography continues to play a huge part in journalism, but also in contemporary art. Iconic colour photographs include Steve McCurry's 'Afghan Girl' (1984) and Jeff Widener's 'Tank Man'.