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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

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    Albert Kahn autochrome, Algeria

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    Early Color Photography | Early Color Photos of Africa and The Middle East, ca. 1910s

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Middle East - In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Main O'Toole, a 14 year old girl from a village called the Claddagh wearing traditional Claddagh dress. Galway, Ireland, 26th May 1913. The Claddagh was a tiny fishing village of thatched white stone cottages on the edge of Galway which was knocked down in the 1930s and replaced with council housing and is now part of Galway city centre. Photographer: Marguerite Mespoulet

Africa - In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Africa - In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Africa autochrome photograph by Albert Kahn

Africa - In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world. As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Early Paget Process colour portrait c.1915 Autochrome

Lieutenant Colonel Mervyn O’Gorman, a distinguised Aeronautical engineer, took these autochromes of his daughter Christina at and near Lulworth Cove in Dorset, in 1913.

turnofthecentury:Anonymous autochrome, c.1910 - so magical to see the 'old world' in colour.