November 10, 2010

this is beautiful

In the early 1900s, a banker named Albert Kahn, convinced that knowledge of foreign cultures encourages respect & peace among nations, embarked upon a monumental task: to amass a photographic record of life around the world, The Archive of the Planet. The stock market crash in 1929 put an end to his venture, & his collection of black & white film & more than 72,000 autochrome plates from over 50 countries was confiscated by the Prefecture of the Seine. They later became the property of the Conseil General of Hauts-de-Seine, which created a museum in 1986 to house the collection.

The Lumiére Brothers made Autochrome, the first industrial process for true color photography, available commercially in June 1907. Based on the fact that all colors can be made from combinations of three primary colors, fine layers of microscopic grains of potato starch dyed either red-orange, green or violet blue combined with black carbon particles were spread over a glass plate where they were combined with a black and white photographic emulsion to create the incredible range of palettes pictured above.

from here

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