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Jardins Albert Kahn

Boulogne -Hauts-de-Seine

First September day spent in the Albert Kahn Gardens With Emma

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.
As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process,
the world's first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.
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.
They documented in true colour the collapse of both the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires;
the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, just a few years before they were demolished;
and the soldiers of the First World War — in the trenches, and as they cooked their meals
and laundered their uniforms behind the lines.

They took the earliest-known colour photographs in countries as far apart as
Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway, Benin and the United States.

At the start of 1929 Kahn was still one of the richest men in Europe. Later that year
the Wall Street Crash reduced his financial empire to rubble and in 1931 he was forced to bring his project to an end.
Kahn died in 1940. His legacy, still kept at the Musée Albert-Kahn in the grounds of his estate near Paris,
is now considered to be the most important collection of early colour photographs in the world.

Until recently, Kahn's huge collection of 72,000 autochromes remained relatively unheard of;
the vast majority of them unpublished.

Now, a century after he launched his Archives of the Planet project, the BBC Book
The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn, and the television series it accompanies,
are bringing Kahn's dazzling pictures to a mass audience for the first time and putting
colour into what we tend to think of as an entirely monochrome age.

September 2010 Challenge - "SEPTEMBER MOOD"
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Inga Morozoff14-Jan-2011 23:07
A beautiful portrait!
Jola Dziubinska03-Sep-2010 23:26
Wonderful portrait, excellent in b&w. BV.
Brenda02-Sep-2010 23:45
Maaike Huizer02-Sep-2010 07:40
This is gorgeous, Marielou. The girl certainly is and the portait is excellent. V
borisalex02-Sep-2010 05:32
A fantastic portrait! Worth to be posted along with that story of photographic history, and famous photographers! Love your entry! V.
Gerard Koehl02-Sep-2010 04:47
Magnifique portrait... V
carol j. phipps02-Sep-2010 02:30
Lovely! Dynamic portrait highlighting the beautiful lines of her face. VOTE
Yvonne02-Sep-2010 02:19
A beautiful young girl and fine portrait Marielou!
Cindi Smith02-Sep-2010 01:54
What a beautiful young lady. She has that "model" look. A wonderful candid of her!
Anna Pagnacco02-Sep-2010 00:03
How beautiful she is!!! Anna
Mary Terry01-Sep-2010 22:54
Lovely B&W portrait!
Guest 01-Sep-2010 22:28
What an amazing portrait Marielou!!! Emma is such a beautiful girl!!!!! Congratulations and thank you so much for the info!! V
Stephanie01-Sep-2010 21:52
What a beautiful girl ~ a magnificent portrait! V
franz01-Sep-2010 21:46
Je le jure! bv marielou.
Walter Otto Koenig01-Sep-2010 21:31
A great start Marilou with this lovely portrait. Fascinating information too.
J. Scott Coile01-Sep-2010 20:53
This is an amazing portrait Marielou. She is adorable.
Barbara Heide01-Sep-2010 20:39
a wonderful portrait of a beautiful girl! thanks for all the information!
Matylda Lempel-Chareza Photography01-Sep-2010 20:35
thank you very much for a story about Albert Khan.
Guest 01-Sep-2010 20:14
Excellent portret!
Chris01-Sep-2010 19:25
Gorgeous candid - and thank you for the info - fascinating!
larose forest photos01-Sep-2010 19:20
Fabulous portrait, and a wonderful text. I also had never heard of Albert Kahn. V
Ilana gil01-Sep-2010 19:03
Beautiful portrait in B&W!
LynnH01-Sep-2010 18:57
Fascinating story! I had no idea about him. This is a beautiful photo, expecially suited for B&W. V
PauloCGama01-Sep-2010 17:54
She is so lovely my friend. Fabulous portrait, to be kept forever.
My love to all of you.