Worth a look: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Bulgaria - from the Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

I’m a sucker for vintage photography, and the Albert Kahn Collection is no exception. From the website:

In 1909 the millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world…. Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures in their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of twentieth-century globalisation.

This project resulted in some 72,000 autochromes, most of which have never been published. The BBC has produced a 9-part series on the collection, as well:

(via Kottke.org)

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