Photos: The beautiful Parisian era in a few rare colored shots.
The Messy Nessy Chic site , relayed by PetaPixel , tells that in 1909, a wealthy French banker named Albert Kahn decided to create a photographic archive of the world using the new color photography process that had just appeared, the brothers ‘ autochrome Light. He assigned four photographers to take their cameras to locations all over the world. One of the cities they documented was Paris.
Beginning in 1914, Albert Kahn’s photographers (Léon Gimpel, Stéphane Passet, Georges Chevalier and Auguste Leon) began to document life in Paris using the avant-garde photographic color rendering process, the technique of which consisted of sprinkle a glass plate with millions of microscopic particles (grains of potato starch) dyed red (orange), green and blue (purple), fixed with resin.
In addition to the large number of photos of Paris, around 72,000 autochromes were created worldwide through Albert Kahn’s ambitious project. Autochrome lost its esteem among photographers only a few decades after its introduction when Kodak and Agfa introduced their Kodachrome and Agfacolor-Neu processes in 1935 and 1932 respectively. These photos were collected by the Paris 1914 website.
Here is a beautiful gallery of color photos that these photographers took more than a century ago: