Colorist Dale Grahn writes a fascinating three-part essay for Colorist Society International tracing the history of the color timer profession and positing whether it is an art form.
He writes, “In the early years of color, the job of the color timer was very specialized and supported by several film laboratory departments all working toward the final product. Each department had its own set of standards and goals. This, of course, meant that training in each department was needed to reach that standard. A color timer required a considerable skill set in being able to predict correct exposures.”