The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn

Albert Kahn became famous because he wrote history with photos. „In 1909 the millionaire French banker an philanthropist Albert Kahn embarked on an ambitious project to create a colour photographic record of, and for, the peoples of the world.“

These words are form the biography about Albert Kahn, written by David Okuefuna. I discovered Albert Kahn when looking at arte.tv.

There was a BBC series with details about his work. He collected photos made by photographers he sent all over the world. It is very impressive to see what quality theses photos have – until today.

And they all are coloured. That means you can discover a lost age in a new way with illustrated photos and you can see things about culture, civilisation and tradition you never could see before.

This is a special form of documentary photography but at the same time it is photo history.

This is something very special. If you look in the book from Mr. Okuefuna you can find the history of the 20th century in a very interesting and originally way.

And here you find a video about the man, his work and the view back into this time.

It is wonderful history.

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