Between October 1922 and February 1923, photographers Frédéric Gadmer and Camille Sauvageot visited Turkey. They photographed many places from Istanbul to Hatay, from Izmir to Ankara. The photographs taken by this duo with their Autochrome (AutoChrome) cameras are among the oldest color photographs of Turkey.
Autochrome was a photography technique invented by the French Lumiere brothers in 1907, which allowed the photographs to be obtained as color printouts.
The two photographers were a part of a world-wide project called Archives of the Planet (Archives de la Planète). It was initiated by Alberth Kahn, French banker and philanthropist, and it aimed to create “a kind of photographic inventory of the surface of the earth, as it was occupied and organized by men at the beginning of the 20th century.” So, the project was kind of like an early version of Google Maps.
Let’s start our nostalgic journey to 1922’s Istanbul without wasting time.
* These photos are from the archive of “Autochrome de Frédéric Gadmer © Musée Albert-Khan – Département des Hauts-de-Seine”. Its commercial values and material rights belong to this institution.