Tired of the endless series of black and white photos that were popular in the day, French banker Albert Kahn decided to do something about it.
In 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras all around the world, and using Autochrome Lumière, to document in color what they saw. One of the cities on the list was Paris, and in 1914, Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon began their work. Their photos show us that the daily bustle of Paris life was much more colorful than we imagined, with storefronts painted bright red, or walls plastered with colorful photos.
The old Trocadéro palace, from the previous Exposition Universelle, seen in the background, replaced in 1937.
La statue de la Liberte et deriere son dos un potager!
Rue Sainte Foy et rue d’Alexandrie, Paris 2ème arrondissement, 1914
Les ivrognes sont immortels.
Old Renault autobuses, ligne E, Madeleine-Bastille. So this must be Place de la Madeleine
This kind of building is very common next to the ring road around Paris. They were built over the ruins of the old walls. This one is probably located at the 132 Boulevard des Maréchaux