World War I is far enough in our past that very few people alive today have any direct memory of it. And our imagery of that time is locked in black and white and sepia-toned images. But color photographs of the first World War do exist, and they are making light in a remarkable new book. Thanks to the Autochrome Lumiere photography process, we now have a much more vivid look at this chaotic and history-changing time. The First World War in Color is the book. Thanks to FastCo Design for the tip.
“The people in the photographs no longer look like they’re from another age, they look contemporary. It surprises readers, because our visual memories have been trained to think of the early 20th century as a black-and-white era.” – Editor Peter Walther
I never thought of it before, but your statement was so accurate. WWI = black & white & gray. Thank you for that simple message.