The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age by David Okuefuna

Drop everything and rush out to your local bookshop! Utterly gorgeous, it’s the eagerly awaited (by me) companion book for the BBC Four series on Albert Kahn’s Archives of the Planet project.

Photographs (autochromes being a particular favorite) are a passion of mine, and these are stunning.

Inventing a process to create stable colour photographs was no small thing. Black and white photography had existed for over fifty years before the Lumière brothers finally came up with the autochrome process around the turn of the century. The mystery ingredient: potato starch! Another reason to love the lowly tuber… Autochromes continued as the standard until well into the 1930s. Don’t miss the lovely selection of photos on the website for the book.

If you’re in Paris, the Musée Albert-Kahn has a new exhibit on India (with photos taken between 1913 and 1928).

Musée Albert-Kahn : 14 rue du Port in Boulogne-Billancourt 92100
Métro stop: Boulogne Pont de Saint Cloud (on the #10 line) just 2 stops beyond the official city limits…

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9 Responses to “The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age by David Okuefuna”

  1. Rob
    June 23rd, 2008 11:50

    This looks terrific! I may have to get my hands on that book.

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    Without it, who knows if I ever would have gotten one so close to the one I had before. I’m off to do a post about it…

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    June 30th, 2008 13:30

    You’re welcome! I’m glad you’ve rediscovered your old friend. (Typewriters Reunited?)

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