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such a nasty woman | by maryann johanson

color photos of a black-and-white world, part 2

[start here with part 1]

Isn’t it amazing to see color photos from a time when we hardly ever see such imagery? I’ve come across a few recent examples of that sudden and delightful startlement, and I think you’ll be as astonished and enchanted by them as I was.

This second batch is but of taste of what City Noise is offering in a post called “Early 1900s in Colour”:

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

I love these examples. New York City’s Plaza Hotel, with Central Park beyond:

Canadian cowboys:

Thames riverside:

Iraqi girls:


France during WWI:

There are tons more. Check ’em out.

[part 3]

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  • bronxbee

    awesome… sort of reminds me of that exhibit we stumbled across in paris of colour photos of occupied paris… so mind expanding.

  • Left_Wing_Fox

    Incredible. Simply beautiful.

  • markyd

    Thank you so much for sharing these, MaryAnn. They are fantastic! They actually remind me more of paintings. So surreal.

  • Muzz

    These are great.
    It’s probably in the mix there somewhere already, but the site for the Library of Congress’ Prokudin-Gorskii collection (photographer to the Tzar) is still up too. Definitely worth a browse.

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