The Early 20th Century Seen in Real Color

Color photography began to be widely popularized during the 1960s and 70s, and we’re used to seeing history before that point in black and white. But color has been reproduced for much longer than that. Early experiments were made shortly after the invention of photography itself in the early 1800s, and one of the most successful and beautiful methods, the autochrome, was launched on the market in 1907. In this video I tell the stories of people and places that appear on some of these autochromes.


Piano Quartet no. 1, Op. 23 – II. Andantino con variazioni – Antonín Dvořák
By “Carl Banner” (

Pavane de la belle au bois dormant – Maurice Ravel
By “Luis Sarro” (

Piano Concerto in G – Maurice Ravel
By “Markus Staab” (

Waltz in A minor, B. 150 – Frédéric Chopin
By “Aya Higuchi” (

Preludes, Op. 28 – No. 15 ‘Raindrop’ – Frédéric Chopin
By “Sergio DuBois” (

ドビュッシー “月の光”/Debussy “Clair de Lune”/德彪西 “月光”
By “僕、フォルテ/Mr.Forte”


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