Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Amazing Colour Photos of Paris in the early 1900's

In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers include Stéphane Passet, Auguste Léon, Léon Busy and Frédéric Gadmer to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures in their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of twentieth-century globalisation. They documented in true colour the collapse of both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires; the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, just a few years before they were demolished; and the soldiers of the First World War — in the trenches, and as they cooked their meals and laundered their uniforms behind the lines. They took the earliest-known colour photographs in countries as far apart as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.

These photos below from the Albert Kahn Museum were taken by French photographer Stéphane Passet featuring amazing colour photographs of street scenes of Paris the early 1900s.

A family on Pot de Fer street

Beaubourg street

Corner of the Beaumarchais Boulevard and Rue du Pas-de-la-mule

Martyrs street towards Notre-Dame-de-Lorette


Aboukir street

Faubourg street and Porte Saint-Denis

Raspail Boulevard and Montparnasse street seen from Notre-Dame-des-Champs

The corner of Rue du Bac and the St-Germain Boulevard

Rue de Seine, at the number 12

89 rue de Seine

Paris (Ve arr.)

Paris (II arr.)

Numbers 8 and 10 one Montparnasse street

Parade of foreign delegations on the deck of Double for the funeral of Marshal Foch

(Photos © Musée Albert-Kahn, via LaBoiteVerte)

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