November 30, 2012

Old Color Photos of Italy taken by Hans Hildenbrand

Hans Hildenbrand (1870 – 1957) was a German photographer who was famous for taking color photographs during World War I. His French counterpart is considered Jules Gervais-Courtellemont. Hildenbrand was a photographer for National Geographic after the war.

Here are old color photos of Italy taken in around 1910s-1930s by Hans Hildenbrand.

1934, Pisa, Italy --- A view of the Leaning Tower of Pisa --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

ca. September 1927, Italy --- A view of the morning sun on the mountains --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

ca. September 1927, Florence, Italy --- An elevated view of the Arno River through Florence --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

1935, Verona, Italy --- A stone bridge is an example of Roman engineers' early masonry work --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

1928, Perugia, Italy --- Two oxen help a farmer plow his field --- Image by © Hans Hildenbrand/National Geographic Society/Corbis

Fidel Castro visits New York, 1959

In 1959, Fidel Castro came to New York, hired a public relations firm, ate hot dogs, kissed ladies like a rock star, and held babies like a politician. Loved by some, hated by others, his trips to the Big Apple were galvanizing.

Gladys Feijoo, 19-year-old Miss La Prensa of 1959, kisses Fidel Castro as he signs his autograph for her collection on April 22, 1959

Fidel gets a taste of America as he wolfs down hot dog at the Bronx Zoo on April 22, 1959

Castro tosses a peanut to an elephant at the Bronx Zoo as he tours New York City on April 22, 1959

Castro eyes a tiger before patting the big cat at the Bronx Zoo on April 23, 1959

Looking like an American politician, Fidel Castro hugs Donna Friedman and Lisa Langer at the Bronx Zoo on April 22, 1959

Amazing Color Photographs Captured Berlin in the Summer of 1945, Right After the Fall

Berlin, the capital of Nazi Germany, was subject to 363 air raids during the Second World War. It was bombed by the RAF Bomber Command between 1940 and 1945, and by the USAAF Eighth Air Force between 1943 and 1945, as part of the Allied campaign of strategic bombing of Germany. It was also attacked by aircraft of the Red Air Force, especially in 1945 as Soviet forces closed on the city.

A number of monuments, such as French Luisenstadt Church, St. James Church, Jerusalem's Church, Luisenstadt Church, St. Michael's Church, St. Simeon Church, and the Protestant Consistory (today's entrance of Jewish Museum Berlin) as well as government and Nazi Party buildings were also hit, including the Reich Chancellery, the Party Chancellery, the Gestapo headquarters, and the People's Court.

Here are some of amazing color photographs of Berlin in the summer of 1945.

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New York City by Alfred Stieglitz

Alfred Stieglitz (January 1, 1864 – July 13, 1946) was an American photographer and modern art promoter who was instrumental over his fifty-year career in making photography an accepted art form. In addition to his photography, Stieglitz is known for the New York art galleries that he ran in the early part of the 20th century, where he introduced many avant-garde European artists to the U.S. He was married to painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

By this time Stieglitz already considered himself an artist with a camera, and he refused to sell his photographs or seek employment doing anything else. His father, who was ever doting on his first-born son, helped Stieglitz by buying out a small photography business where he could indulge in his interests and perhaps earn a living on his own. Stieglitz demanded such high quality in the production and paid his employee such high wages that the business, the Photochrome Engraving Company, rarely made a profit. During that time, however, Stieglitz had made friends with the editor of The American Amateur Photographer magazine, and soon he was writing regularly for that journal. He also continued to win awards for his photographs at exhibitions, including the highly important joint exhibition of the Boston Camera Club, Photographic Society of Philadelphia and the Society of Amateur Photographers of New York.

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