Early 20th Century Paris In Amazing Color

September 28, 2013

Before the days of Photoshop, Instagram filters and instant home-editing software, there was little that could be done to adequately convey the energy, mood and spirit of a moment captured in time to its viewer. Enter the Lumiere brothers in 1903 and their invention of autochrome technology (a composite of black and white emulsion passed through a series of red, blue and green filters), and you’re that much closer to showcasing the depth and dimension of subjects immortalized by film. While the Lumiere brothers’ innovative method was abandoned in 1935 in favor of Kodachrome technology, they present a dreamy, serene and richly-saturated narrative on early 20th century Paris:

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Invalides

Invalides, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Jardin

Invalides, 1909.

53 Rue Cambon

53 rue Cambon, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Vendeuses

Vendeuses de Moules, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Saint Cloud

Porte de Saint Cloud, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Roquette

Rue de la Roquette, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Rambuteau

Rue Rambuteau, 1914.

Rue du Pot de Fer

Rue du Pot de Fer, 1914.

Pont Alexandre III

Pont Alexandre III, 1914.

Early 20th Century Paris l'Ecole Polytechnique

Rue de l'Ecole Polytechnique, 1914.

Notre Dame

Notre Dame, 1920.

Boulevard Exelmans

Boulevard Exelmans, 1920.

Early 20th Century Paris Madeleine

Madeleine, 1914.

La Seine

The Seine, 1914.

Jardins du Trocadéro

Jardins du Trocadéro, 1920.

Hotel de Ville

Hôtel de Ville, 1918.

Early 20th Century Paris Pont de la Concorde

Pont de la Concorde, 1914.

Gobelins

Pathé Gobelins, 1918.

Trocadero

Trocadéro, 1937.

Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower, 1912.

Avenue Hoche

Avenue Hoche, 1924.

Early 20th Century Paris Angle Boulevard

Angle Boulevard Raspail, 1914.

All images come courtesy of Paris 1914, which seeks to restore these rare photos to their original glory.

Medina, Saudi Arabia’s Radiant City

September 27, 2013

Medina Saudi Arabia

Loosely translating as “the radiant city” in Arabic, Saudi Arabia’s Medina formerly went by Yathrib but was renamed by the prophet Muhammed himself. Second only to Mecca in terms of religious importance, in addition to housing the world’s oldest mosque Medina also serves as Muhammed’s burying place.

What We Love This Week, Volume XXXII

September 27, 2013
Oktoberfest Waitress

Source: The Atlantic

The Beginning Of Oktoberfest

Oktoberfest Jumping

Source: The Atlantic

Despite its deceiving name, Oktoberfest begins in late September and lasts for a whopping 16 days. Celebrating the oh-so fine brews from Bavaria, over six million people are slated to attend this year’s Oktoberfest–marking the 180th anniversary of the event. Despite emptying much of their wallets (a mug will cost you around $13), patrons will likely end up packing on quite a few barley-induced pounds. For those of us who don’t have the means to jet off to Munich, The Atlantic’s photo essay almost makes us feel as if we’ve got foam on our upper lips.

Oktoberfest Pass Out

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Yarlung Tsangpo River’s Multicolored Canvas

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Yarlung Tsangpo River Tibet

Known as the highest river in the world, the twists and turns of Tibet’s Yarlung Tsangpo River provide whitewater kayakers with an endless amount of fun-filled challenges.

Atlantic City Boardwalk, 1962

September 23, 2013

Atlantic City Boardwalk 1962

The backbone of New Jersey’s ocean-abutting city, when the Atlantic City Boardwalk opened up for visitors in 1870 it became the first boardwalk in the United States.

The Temporary City Of Burning Man

September 22, 2013

Temporary City Of Burning Man

Not even self expression-based bonfires can resist market exploitation. What began in the 80s as a small scale bonfire among friends in Nevada quickly became a week-long affair in the dog days of summer, drawing in over 50,000 individuals willing to fork over a whopping $380 admission price to participate in acts of radical self-expression.