The Colorful City of Paris from 100 Years Ago


The Belle Époque period in early 20th century France was a time when literary figures and artists, say Picasso and Gertrude Stein were beginning to establish themselves in their respective arts, a time when peace was aplenty.

In 1904, a French banker named Albert Kahn commissioned four photographers (Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier and Auguste Leon) to shoot around the world with their Autochrome Lumière cameras, to document the world in color. One of the cities were Paris. The medium was one of the earliest and pioneering processes in color photography, which featured colored filters made out of dyed potato starch grains.

Here's a unique view of vintage Paris.

Iconic landmarks

Parisian cobblestones

French gents and ladies

Images are sourced from Matador Network.

2017-05-19 #culture #street-photography #color-photography #paris


  1. akula
    akula ·

    Realistic colours - great photos.

  2. frenchyfyl
    frenchyfyl ·


  3. bkspicture
    bkspicture ·

    Thats awesome!

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