In the era of black and white photos, French banker Albert Kahn wanted to capture the great cities of the world in color. So in 1909, he commissioned four photographers to take their cameras around the world, documenting what they saw in color.
One of those cities was Paris, and these photos taken in 1914 capture…
Source: 20 Rare Color Photos Of Paris Taken 100 Years Ago.
If you can track it down, there’s an excellent five-part BBC television series (2007) — Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn — featuring the photographer’s work.
Residents of Dahomey (now Benin), photographer Frederic Gadmer, 1920.
In 1909, at the very dawn of color photography, the French banker Albert Kahn set out to visually document every culture of the global human family. With the fortune he had amassed selling securities from South African diamond mines and illegal war bonds to the Japanese, Kahn financed a team of photographers to spread across the world taking pictures. Over the next two decades, these artists and ethnographers produced over 70,000 photos across 50 countries, from Ireland to India and…
Source: vintage everyday: Early 1900s in Color – 24 Incredible Color Photos of Ethnic Exotic from Around the World in the Early 20th Century