Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

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The author of these unique historical photographs is Jules Gervais-Courtellemont. He was born in 1863 in the suburbs of Paris, grew up in Algeria and traveled around the Middle East and North Africa, photographing everything he saw.

Gervais-Courtelmont was one of the first photographers to work with autochrome— the oldest process of color photography, which was patented by the Lumiere brothers in 1903. Autochrome used potato starch granules painted with red, green and blue paint as light filters, as well as a complex development process, resulting in ghostly "dot" color photographs.

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

In January 1923, Gervais-Courtelmont returned to his native Paris to shoot the main sights and views of the city, living through a period of economic growth and optimism after the end of the First World War.

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

View of Paris from the Church of Saint-Gervais

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

In a corner of old Paris

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Tuileries Garden

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Flower market near the Place Chatelet

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Opera Garnier

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Workers and horses on the river bank

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Classic French gardens and ponds

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Saint-Etienne-du-Mont Church

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Men on the island of Sita

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

View of the Seine

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Gardens near the Senate Building

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

The hotel of Madame de Lamballe, a friend of Marie Antoinette

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Moulin Rouge Cabaret

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Colonnade and pond in one of the gardens of Paris

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

The Moulin de la Galette windmill in Montmartre

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

View of the Seine

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Church of Saint-Germain-l’Auxeroi

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Saint-Julien-le-Povre Street in old Paris

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Gardens of a large estate

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

A street vendor on the banks of the Seine near Notre Dame Cathedral

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

The Grand Palace on the Champs-Elysees

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

A worker sleeps by the carts with cobblestones

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Trocadero Gardens and Eiffel Tower

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

View of the Pantheon

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Street life in front of a butcher shop

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Museum of Decorative Arts in the Tuileries

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Flower market on the embankment of Fleur

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Saint-Denis Gate

Paris 1923 - epicenter of art and progress

Twilight over The Seine

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