As an editor for a photography magazine, I often see images described as “breathtaking” and “captivating,” and the meanings can get diluted. But when I see stuff like this: color photographs of Paris in the 1900s—YOWZA! The whole series is a bodily experience. It’s like eating a really delicious filet mignon with your eyes.
My favorites? A man in the doorway of a shop on Rue du Montparnasse:
A girl selling flowers at 53 rue Cambon in 1918:
And this unreal-looking interior of the Exposition au Grand Palais in 1909.
These images remind us about the origins of photography itself—recording a moment in history and making it eternal. And the fact that they’re in color! Sacrebleu! Wouldn’t it be amazing to live during that era, to be a pioneer of photography? What are your favorite historical eras captured on film?