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H/T: Bored Panda | Albert Kahn

French banker Albert Kahn decided that black and white photos did not do Paris justice. So, he set out on color photo series in 1909 by first commissioning four photographers – Leon Gimpel, Stephane Passet, Georges Chevalier, and Auguste Leon – to use Autochrome Lumiere to document it in all its glory. These beautiful images show us that Paris not just the city of lights, but rather one that is filled with color. Continue reading to see eighteen of the best shots. Click here to view more bonus shots.

18. Moulin Rouge

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17. Balloons

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16. Flower Street Vendor

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15. Eiffel River View

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14. Porte Saint Denis

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13. Family Portrait

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12. Cafe La Tasse

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11. Giant Oranges

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10. Street Scene

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9. Mid-Day

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8. Napping

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7. Outdoor Market

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6. Horse

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5. Metro

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4. Motel

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3. Moulin Rouge Up-Close

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2. Carpentry Shop

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1. Popular Drama Show

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