The World in 1900 : A Colour Portrait, Paperback

The World in 1900 : A Colour Portrait Paperback

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The revolutionary photocrome process was unveiled at the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900.

This unique new approach permitted the first-ever colour images of the worlds most famous sites and landmarks, and elicited unprecedented admiration on both sides of the Atlantic.

The process remained in vogue until the 1920s, before being superseded by more modern colour photography methods.

This book offers a richly varied collection of over 300 such images from 47 countries.

They continue to astonish not only by virtue of their freshness and naivete, but also because of their remarkable realism.

As such, they represent a mute yet vivid testament to a forgotten era.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 384 pages, 327 illustrations, 324 in colour
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
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  • Category: Geography
  • ISBN: 9780500287057



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This book is a treasure trove of photographs and information! The photos are from a collection started in 1889 and used as picture postcards, there are over 300 photochrome images from all over the world, showing us what the world and the people travelling in it, were like back then. I wish I had the time to read every entry, maybe I've just found a good reason to get my own copy!

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