Most of us think of history in black and white. For example it’s hard to imagine World War One in anything other than monochrome. The following series of vintage photographs from turn of the century Paris are truly unique – they’re in color!
In 1909, French banker Albert Kahn commissioned four photographers to travel the world with their cameras, and using Autochrome Lumiere, an early color photography process, to record in color the places they saw. Paris was on their list and in 1914, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon arrived and began work. The following photographs are the stunning results of their endeavours.
Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon