Funding Photographic History

Tewfic Al-Sawy, The Travel Photographer, recently highlighted the work of an early 20th century photographic visionary by the name of Albert Kahn. Albert wasn’t a photographer, though, he was a banker. He funded a grand photographic project, sending 50 photographers around the world to utilize the new autochrome process to document the peoples of the world. It’s one of the earliest examples of color travel photography in the National Geographic tradition that I’ve ever seen, and both the story and the images are amazing. Read more at Tewfic’s Travel Photographer blog, and then check out more of the work Mr. Kahn brought into being at the web site of his museum and BBC-created book.

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