The Cité de l’architecture & du patrimoine, together with the Albert-Kahn Museum, has organised a new exhibition of jaw-dropping photos of Paris at the beginning of the 20th century, between 1910 and 1937, showing that our beautiful city has changed a lot… and sometimes not at all.
Around 100 years ago, colour photos were still known as ‘autochromes’, the world was going through immense change, and Albert Kahn was sending out teams with cameras and movie cameras to immortalise scenes that would soon no longer exist.
These photos of foreign climes have been widely distributed and seen, but those of Paris are oddly less celebrated, perhaps because they are seen as less ‘exotic’.
The exhibition tries to correct this, with over 120 photos taken throughout Paris showing places that have changed a lot, but also others that are miraculously almost the same nowadays.
To compare ancient and modern, a special website has been created for smartphones, with five trails to follow and numerous photos, both from the archives and the present day.
Just click here from your smartphone’s browser, or scan the code below.
Related to the exhibition, you might be interested in:
— a presentation of some short films about Paris, made by Albert Kahn’s teams (20th November),
— a conference comparing the photos of the collection with those of Atget (2nd December),
— a photo course for 9-14 year-olds, from 28th-30th October,
— guided visits of the exhibition on Sunday 25th October, 22nd November and 27th December at 3pm…
A catalogue of the exhibitions is also available (160 pages, 26€ here at amazon.fr).