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Many may not have heard of French millionaire philanthropist Albert Khan, but in 1909 he embarked on his ambitious Archives of the Planet project to to create a colour photographic record of the world and its peoples. He commissioned a group of intrepid photographers to document more than fifty countries around the world at the early turn of the 20th century, the result of which is a huge collection of 72,000 beautiful autochromes.
The collection boasts some of the earliest-known colour photographs in countries in Vietnam and Mongolia, amongst others. We recommend catching more of Albert Khan and his Archives of the Planet project in BBC’s inspiring book and documentary series ‘The Wonderful World Of Albert Khan’.
Here are a few Archives of the Planet autochromes of Asia.
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