Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Early 1900s Paris in Colours



Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
 
After the success of 1920 Egypt in Colours, this is Early 1900s Paris in Colours.

In 1909, French wealthy banker and philantropist Albert Kahn commissioned four photographers, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon to travel to the five continents of the globe and capture coloured photographs. Like the National Geographic ones of 1920 Egypt, them too used a then-relatively new technique, Autochrome Lumière — developed in 1903 and patented in 1904 by Auguste and Louis Lumière (the Lumière brothers) — in order to bring colour, and life, to the white and grey photography world.

The ambitious project took many years to complete and gave birth to around 72,000 Autochromes. The following are some of what they captured in the City of Love & Light, taken from a collection at the Albert Kahn Museum in Paris. This stunning photo documentation began before the outbreak of WWI which had put an end to La Belle Epoque.

I also added the BBC documentary, The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn, at the end of the article to help you travel back in time even more. Enjoy.


Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A Parisian family posing outside their home


Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A horse pulling a cart filled with rubble resting on the road under glorious skies


Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A vegetable garden (jardin potager) on the banks of the Seine
with a view of the Statue of Liberty (
La Statue de la Liberté) and the Tour Eiffel


Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
The old Trocadéro Palace seen from underneath the Eiffel Tower

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A French airplane

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Early cinema Aubert Palace at Les Grands Boulevards

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
The entry of passage du Caire, 33 Rue d’Alexandrie

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
The famous Moulin Rouge before being destroyed by a fire in 1915

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A boy pushing an overloaded cart through a picturesque square between
Rue Sainte-Foy and Rue d’Alexandrie

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
French soldiers probably awaiting deployment at Boulevard Exelmans,
Station Auteuil

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A young flower seller and her wagon

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Place de la Republique, 1918

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Fruits vendors and their carts

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Flower sellers at La Madelaine

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A general with a wooden leg wearing his medals and standing next to a cannon

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A homeless man napping by the Seine

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A young girl riding a scooter down Avenue Hoche

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A flower seller standing in front of a Zig-Zag poster

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Hôtel de Ville, City Hall of Paris
 
Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
8 and 10 Rue du Montparnasse

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul

Palais des Gobelins, Cinéma PathéAvenue des Gobelins

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
A bright yellow zeppelin

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Rue du Faubourg-Saint-Denis and La Porte Saint Denis

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
View over the Seine with Notre Dame in the distance

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Le Grand Cinéma Plaisir at 95 Rue de la Roquette showing a poster of the
1911 film
Zigomar

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Quai d'Orsay, 1923

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
The gorgeous flower market at Les Halles looking like a painting

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Having electricity in a hotel was like having Internet nowadays, Rue Mouffetard

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Look at those colourful posters

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Esplanade des Invalides during l'Aéro Club Grand Prix, 26 September 1909

Early 1900s Paris in Colours by Omar Cherif, One Lucky Soul
Hot air balloons in the Grand Palais, a historic exhibition site


And then The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn



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