Author(s): David Okuefuna
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. Until recently, Kahn's huge collection of 72,000 Autochromes remained relatively unheard of. Now, a century after he launched his project, this book and the BBC TV series it accompanies are bringing these 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.Kahn sent photographers to more than 50 countries, 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 the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian empires, the last traditional Celtic villages in Ireland, and the soldiers of the First World War. 336 pages in 260 mm square format, hardcover
An amazing collection of true-colour photographs from the early 20th century
David Okuefuna is the executive producer of the BBC television series The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn. He has worked on numerous documentary series and single films for BBC4, including Racism: A History, The Story of Maths, Shepperton Babylon and The Waughs: Fathers and Sons, as well as the BBC2 comedy-drama The Private Life of Samuel Pepys. This is his first book.