The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn
Colour Photographs from a Lost Age
by David Okuefuna


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Until recently, Kahn’s huge collection of 72,000 autochromes remained relatively unheard of. Now, a century after he launched his project, this book and the BBC TV series it accompanies are bringing these dazzling pictures to a mass audience for the first time and putting colour into what we tend to think of as an entirely monochrome age.

Praise for the television series:

  • "A fascinating and vivid celebration of the earliest examples of colour photography" - Gareth McLean, Guardian

  • "Astonishing images" - Time Out

  • "A legacy of inestimable richness" - Benjamin Secher, Daily Telegraph

Hardback, 235 x 235mm, 336 pages, 24 April 2008, 9781846074585, £35.00

  • Over 350 colour photographs from the early twentieth century from more than forty countries worldwide
  • Most photographs never previously published
  • Accompanies the acclaimed BBC television series Edwardians in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn and Twenties in Colour: The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn
  • The BBC has been inundated with requests for a book to accompany the TV series
  • Press expected
  • Published by BBC Books in association with the Musée Albert-Kahn, département des Hauts-de-Seine, France

  • David Okuefuna is the executive producer of the BBC television series The Wonderful World of Albert Kahn. Since joining BBC TV's Arts Studio in 1997 he has worked on numerous documentary series and single films for BBC4, including Racism: A History, The Story of Maths, Shepperton Babylon and The Waughs: Fathers and Sons, as well as the BBC2 comedy-drama The Private Life of Samuel Pepys. David was born in Liverpool, graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Politics and Philosophy, and was awarded a Master's degree at Goldsmith's College London. This is his first book.