Monday, June 14, 2010

Early 1900s Photography in Color

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In the early part of the 20th century French-Jewish capitalist Albert Kahn set about to collect a photographic record of the world, the images were held in an 'Archive of the Planet'. Before the 1929 stock market crash he was able to amass a collection of 180,000 metres of b/w film and more than 72,000 autochrome plates, the first industrial process for true colour photography
www.albert-kahn.fr/english/
Autochrome was the first industrial process for true colour photography. When the Lumi̬re brothers launched it commercially in June 1907, it was a photograhic revolution - black and white came to life in colour. Autochromes consist of fine layers of microscopic grains of potato starch Рdyed either red-orange, green or violet blue Рcombined with black carbon particles, spread over a glass plate where it is combined with a black and white photographic emulsion. All colours can be reproduced from three primary colours.
www.albertkahn.co.uk
A few photos from the collection.
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Portraits
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Algeria
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Dahomey - now Benin
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Bosnia
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Brasil
image 42112
Bulgaria
image 42113
Cambodia
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Canada
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China
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Croatia
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Dijbouti
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Egypt
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England
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France
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Germany
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Greece
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Holland
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India
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Iran
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Iraq
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Ireland
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Italy
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Lebenon
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Macedonia
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Mongolia
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Montenegro
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Morocco
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Norway
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Palestine
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Serbia
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Spain
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Sri Lanka
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Sweden
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Switzerland
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Syria
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Turkey
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United States of America
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Vietnam
Albert Kahn was a man of peace but unfortunately he had to live through three major wars against his country. The following are colour images of World War One.
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