Kahn’s goal was to unite humanity through the storytelling of images. The project, aptly named The Archives of the Planet, spanned the globe and more than 2 decades. The images were taken by dozens of photographers for Kahn’s vision, some of which captured the streets of Paris in transition from the Belle Époque era to the harsh reality of World War I.
The photos capture a time long gone in a format that is truly evocative of the era. While this same process was used for decades after its invention, autochrome technology was later replaced by cheaper color processes that provided more consistent color.
Some 70,000 photos were taken as part of The Archives of the Planet. The archive was largely forgotten until being rediscovered in the 1980s.