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Jules Gervais Courtellemont - Algeria in the early 20th century
Algeria, early 20th century, photo by Albert Kahn
Algeria: Jules Gervais-Courtellemont’s photographs of North Africa are some of the oldest autochromes in Kahn’s archive. These dancers and musicians from the Ouled Nail tribe (known at the time for its scandalous belly dancing) were photographed in Bou Saâda between 1909 and 1911. Autochrome photography from Archives of the Planet; a project conceived and financed by French banker Albert Kahn in 1909.
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
Albert Kahn autochrome, Algeria