40 Oldest Color Photos Show How The World Looked 100 Years Ago


Although the color photography was started in 1861 by James Clerk Maxwell, it was very complicated and expensive procedure and take too long to color a single photograph. If a person wanted a colored photo, then he had to color it using different dyes and pigments. In 1907 two French brothers called Auguste and Louis Lumière invited a technique known as Autochrome Lumière. They used dyed grains of potato starch and light-sensitive emulsion to produce vibrant photographs without the need for additional colorization.

The brothers revolutionized the world of color photography until Kodak took things to a whole new level with the invention of Kodachrome film in 1935. However, a pioneer like Auguste and Louis Lumière played a keen role in inventing color photography technique. Here is a collection of stunning century-old color photographs using their groundbreaking technique.


1. Christina In Red, 1913

Mervyn O’Gorman

2. Flower Street Vendor, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn

3. Sisters Sitting In A Garden Tying Roses Together, 1911

Etheldreda Janet Laing

4. Heinz And Eva On The Hillside, 1925

Friedrich Paneth

5. Moulin Rouge, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn

6. Daydreams, 1909

John Cimon Warburg

7. Musing (Mrs. A. Van Besten), C. 1910

Alfonse Van Besten

8. The Eiffel Tower, Paris, 1914

Albert Kahn

9. A Girl Holds A Doll Next To Soldiers’ Equipment In Reims, France, 1917

Fernand Cuville

10. The Grenata Street Army, 1915

Léon Gimpel

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