The city of love has been frozen in time. Seen only before in black and white and imagination, these photos taken by accomplished brothers Auguste and Louis Lumière show a Paris of the past. By using Autochrome Lumière technology, people, places, streets, architecture and fanfare from early 20th century life are illuminated.

Don’t let the quality fool you into thinking these are paintings or present day photos. Void of doctoring, these are the real deal and seen in vibrant authentic colour. Born in the 1860s the Lumière brothers were both inclined towards the technical and invented technologies in their teens that would later attribute to their success as the first filmmakers in history. Being pessimistic about the future of cinema however, the brothers channeled their energy to coloured photography. A movie has its merits I grant you, but I’ll take this view of Paris over a box office hit any day.

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