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710.01   Packaging for autochromes
Autochromes of the First World War (1914-1918)
710.02   French color photographs of the First World War (Autochromes)
Albert Kahn: Archives of the Planet
710.03   Albert Kahn: Archives of the Planet (1909-1931)
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710.01   Process and product >  Packaging for autochromes 
  
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Autochromes of the First World War (1914-1918) 
  
710.02   Process and product >  French color photographs of the First World War (Autochromes) 
  
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The First World War was the first conflict to be recorded with color photographs - a lot of these were hand colored postcards with limited detail but there are a few of extraordinary quality.
 
Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud (1866-1951), Chief of the Photography and Cinematography Organization of the French Army, used the autochrome process which had been patented in France in 1907. 
  
   Jean-Baptiste  Tournassoud 
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Albert Kahn: Archives of the Planet 
  
710.03   Process and product >  Albert Kahn: Archives of the Planet (1909-1931) 
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Albert Kahn (1860-1940)[1] was a banker rather than a photographer but his role in using colour photography[2] and film to document the planet left a profound legacy. Following a visit to Japan with his chauffeur and photographer, Alfred Dutertre, in 1909 he funded a project using a variety of photographers[3] to document over 50 countries between 1909 and 1931 creating an archive of 72,000 colour photographs and 183,000 meters of film.[4] 
  

Footnotes 
  
  1. Λ The BBC (UK) ran a television series on Albert Kahn with an accompanying book - David Okuefuna, 2008, The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age, (BBC Books in association with the Musée Albert-Kahn, département des Hauts-de-Seine, France)
     
    The original BBC series shown in 2007 consisted of the following episodes:
     
    A Vision of the World
    1/5 Documentary about the world's first colour camera system from 1908.
    First broadcast: 19 Apr 2007
     
    Men of the World
    2/5 Kahn's global circumnavigation and Stephane Passet's 1913 journey to China and India.
    First broadcast: 26 Apr 2007
     
    Europe on the Brink
    3/5 When Auguste Leon visited Scandinavia in 1910, he found widespread deprivation and famine.
    First broadcast: 03 May 2007
     
    The Soldiers' Story
    4/5 During the First World War, Kahn dispatched his photographers to the French battlefields.
    First broadcast: 09 Sep 2008
     
    The Civilians' Story
    5/5 Tracing the work of Kahn's photographers throughout France during the Great War.
    First broadcast: 17 May 2007 
      
  2. Λ The colour process used by the photographers of Albert Kahn was the Autochrome. 
      
  3. Λ The photographers Albert Kahn commissioned included: Stéphane Passet, Roger Dumas, Alfred Dutertre, Frédéric Gadmer, Lucien Le Saint, Auguste Léon, Léon Busy, Paul Castelnau, Camille Sauvageot and Georges Chevalier. 
      
  4. Λ The Albert Kahn collection is archived at:
     
    albert-kahn.hauts-de-seine.net/english/
    Albert Kahn, museum and gardens
    10-14, rue du Port
    92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
    France
     
    Tel: (33) 1 55 19 28 00
    museealbertkahn@cg92.fr 
      

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General reading 
  
Amad, Paula, 2010, Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn's Archives de la Planète, (Columbia University Press) isbn-10: 0231135017 isbn-13: 978-0231135016 [Δ
  
Kahn, Albert, 1978, Les Archives de la planete: La France, ( J. Cuenot) isbn-10: 2863480022 isbn-13: 978-2863480021 [French] [Δ
  
Kahn, Albert, 1986, L'Italia negli Archivi del Pianeta: Le campagne fotografiche de Albert Kahn 1910-1929, (Electa) isbn-10: 8843512838 isbn-13: 978-8843512836 [Italian] [Δ
  
Lavédrine, Bertrand, 2013, The Lumière Autochrome: History, Technology, and Preservation, (Getty Publications) isbn-13: 978-1606061251 [Δ
  
Laverdrine, Bertrand et. al., 2009, L'autochrome Lumière: Secrets d'atelier et défis industriels, (Comité des travaux historiques et scientifiques - CTHS) isbn-10: 2735506789 isbn-13: 978-2735506781 [French] [Δ
  
Okuefuna, David, 2008, Albert Kahn: Le monde en couleurs Autochromes 1908-1931, (Chne) isbn-10: 2842779274 isbn-13: 978-2842779276 [French] [Δ
  
Okuefuna, David, 2008, Albert Kahn: Le monde en couleurs Autochromes 1908-1931, (Chne) isbn-10: 2842779274 isbn-13: 978-2842779276 [French] [Δ
  
Okuefuna, David, 2008, The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn's Archives of the Planet, (Princeton University Press) isbn-13: 978-0691139074 [Δ
  
Okuefuna, David, 2008, The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age, (BBC Books) isbn-10: 1846074584 isbn-13: 978-1846074585 [Δ
  
Okuefuna, David, 2008, The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn: Colour Photographs from a Lost Age, (BBC Books) isbn-10: 1846074584 isbn-13: 978-1846074585 [Δ
  
 
  
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
  
Jacques-Henri Lartigue 
  
Lartigue, Jacques-Henri, 1980, Les autochromes de J.H. Lartigue: 1912-1927, (Paris: Editions Herscher) [Δ
  
 
  
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - alan@luminous-lint.com 
  

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