~musée albert-kahn~

May 4th, 2011

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Back in Paris we spent much of our time flaneuring, but did spend an afternoon viewing the ethnographic archive at the Albert Kahn Museum and gardens. You can see the autochromes commissioned by philanthropist Kahn from some 50 photographers sent around the world here. The project was abandoned when the crash of 1929 brought his fortune to ruins, but the collection remains one of the most extensive of early color photography.One of my favorite parts was Danses de geishas à Kyoto en 1912, the geisha dancing filmed by Stéphane Passet and starting here at 8 minutes in. More on Kahn here.

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