Kolorowe zdjęcia francuskich miast z 1890 roku

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Od Normandii do Nicei i Montpelier do Marsylii, zdjęcia pochodzą z 1890 roku i przedstawiają Francję podczas La Belle Epoch. Wiek ogromnego rozwoju kulturowego, naukowego i artystycznego, przed zdewastowaniem  Francji przez dwie wojny światowe. Zdjęcia zostały stworzone przy użyciu procesu fotochromania, w którym wykorzystano serię barwionych tabletek wapiennych, tworząc koloryzowaną wersję czarno-białego negatywnego obrazu. Technika ta, stworzona w Szwajcarii w latach osiemdziesiątych XIX wieku, była wykorzystywana do produkcji pierwszych kolorowych zdjęć, szczególnie używana przy produkcji pocztówek. 

 

 

Deptak nad Trouville

These incredible images show France in 1890 in detailed colour photographs produced using a technique known as Photochrom. Here, the bourgeois are seen taking to the boardwalk in Trouville, the same boardwalk that inspired some of Monet's paintings around two decades earlier

Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, devoid of the huge crowds of tourists it draws today, is seen in 1890. The stonework on display here is relatively new, having been restored and updated by Eugène Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc, starting in 1844

A view of Avenue Nicholas II in Paris during the Exposition Universal in 1900. The world's fair brought together and celebrated innovation from the past century, while also pushing ahead into the next. Inventions on display included the escalator, the diesel engine, and talking films

Another view of the Exposition Universal in 1900. Almost 50million people are estimated to have attended the fair between April and November, when it finished

The railway bridge at Gourdon, in the south of France, shortly after it was completed in 1890. The track was completely destroyed by retreating German troops in 1944, leaving only the stone pillars behind

Women are seen washing their clothes along a river in Nice in 1890. This period, known retrospectively as La Belle Epoch, saw the coastal city undergo a huge change. The invention of the railway brought a confident aristocratic class here to spend their money and enjoy themselves, establishing Nice's reputation as a premiere tourist destination

Sunseekers wander along the beach in Parame, in Brittany, around 1890. Like Nice, this period saw Parame become a tourist draw, with the Grand Hotel constructed there in 1880, which was a favourite holiday spot of the Grand Dukes of Russia

The German Gate in Metz, constructed in the 13th century, is seen around 1890. While controlled by the French for a large part of its history, Metz was actually under the control of the German Empire around this time, having been handed to the country at the conclusion of the Franco-Prussian war in 1871

The Rue de Boigne, in Chambéry, was built around 60 years before this photograph was taken as a tribute to General Benoît de Boigne, a military man and adventurer who was born and died in the city. The street was designed as the cultural and social heart of the city, flanked by arcades filled with expensive tea rooms and cafes

Cargo comes and does at the Quay de la Joliette, in Marseilles, around 1890. The port was newly constructed around 1840 to take pressure off the Old Port, which was becoming overwhelmed with the sheer volume of goods arriving. Today, the dock in la Joilette forms part of the largest trading port in France

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