Tired of the endless series of black and white photos that were popular in the day, French banker Albert Kahn decided to do something about it. In 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras all around the world, and using Autochrome Lumière, to document in color what they saw.


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One of the cities on the list was Paris, and in 1914, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon began their work. Their photos show us that the daily bustle of Paris life was much more colorful than we imagined, with storefronts painted bright red, or walls plastered with colorful photos.

More info: paris1914.com (h/t: petapixel)

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KarenChaddock 1 year ago

That's a really very nice photo. I love the colour in the ladies shawl and her flower wagon is so quaint too.

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JosephBoulier 1 year ago

Today : https://www.google.fr/maps/@48.8839545,2.3323427,3a,75y,348.55h,101.93t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sQ-x1AGT4TSnOretKYRQXeg!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

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PeteGowdy 1 year ago

Where is this??

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JuliusChes 1 year ago

The old Trocadéro palace, from the previous Exposition Universelle, seen in the background, replaced in 1937. What is interesting, is the byzantine archway around the first floor of Tour Eiffel, never noticed it before!

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ErinShea 1 year ago

Weird to think these people are all dead.

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JesseSpalding 1 year ago

Port Saint-Denis if anyone was curious. Great area of Paris. Just north of the arch (pictured) is some of the best people watching in the world.

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MarinaMarinova 1 year ago

La statue de la Liberte et deriere son dos un potager! Ca c'est du voyage dans le temps!

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FlorenceHastings 1 year ago

What I notice most is the lack of trafik.

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RosaDiaz 1 year ago

OMG look at that donkey toy! I love this!

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TamaraLeQuéau 1 year ago

Invasive ads, early 1900s style ^^

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JosephBoulier 1 year ago

Rue (street) Sainte Foy and Rue (street) d’Alexandrie, Paris 2nd district, in 1914.

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EstherWilliams 1 year ago

100 years ago doesn't seem like that long ago until you see the clothes they are wearing.

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LynnPalin 1 year ago

Looks like a painting!

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AidanCullen 1 year ago

Great picture

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LisaTownsend 1 year ago

Even the sky in France is different...no wonder the painters like to be there

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NadineMoussy-gazel 1 year ago

Paris 16eme, 1er Mai 1920, Boulevard Exelsmans, Station Auteuil.

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MarinaMarinova 1 year ago

Les ivrognes sont immortels :)

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ToddDaddario 1 year ago

You can see the twin towers in the distance.

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DonMarchand 1 year ago

So Nostalgic! Always loved Paris and this makes it so real. Thanks

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