Historical color photographs of Paris make us say “OUI.”

By // February 12, 2013 // Posted in Photography

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?

All credits, Albert Kahn museum.
Source: www.paris1914.com (more photographs).

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Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon

Jessica Gordon loves discovering new photographers, and learning about historic image-makers who’ve helped evolve the craft. As senior editor for Rangefinder magazine, she’s passionate about clever copy and great design. On the weekends, you can find her biking around Brooklyn and downward dogging in yoga.

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