The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn (2007)

8h 32min
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This fascinating ten-part series tells the story of Albert Kahn's early 20th century project to document the world in cinematic and colour photography and reveals the wealth of incredible images he amassed. In 1908, the French millionaire launched a monumentally ambitious initiative to create his own "Archives of the Planet" - a colour photographic record of human life on Earth. An internationalist and pacifist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome - the world's first portable, true-colour photographic process - to promote cross-cultural understanding and peace. Kahn's team of photographers captured the everyday and the momentous.
They documented age-old cultures on the brink of being changed forever, including Ireland's traditional Celtic villages, the late days of the Austro-Hungarian and Ottoman empires and Chinese women with their feet bound. They photographed First World War soldiers in their trenches as well as the post-war celebrations in London, And they took some of the earliest known colour photographs in countries as varied as Vietnam and Brazil, Mongolia and Norway and the United States. After being financially ruined in the Great Depression, Kahn was forced to bring his project to a premature end, but it remains a treasury of vivid and hauntingly beautiful images and one of the world's most important photographic collections.
, , Mick Conefrey, , , Fiona Cushley
Narrated By:
Veronika Hyks
2 Entertain
British TV, TV Documentaries
Release Date:
Run Time:
512 minutes
English Hard of Hearing
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
  • Gallery of 65 Photographs
Disc 1:
This disc includes the episodes 1-4
Disc 2:
This disc includes the episodes 5-7
Disc 3:
This disc includes the episodes 8-10

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