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|
|Corner of the Beaumarchais Boulevard and Rue du Pas-de-la-mule|
|Martyrs street towards Notre-Dame-de-Lorette|
|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)