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April 14, 2016

20 Fascinating Colorized Photographs That Show the Life of Middle East at the Turn of the 20th Century

At the end of the 19th century Orientalisme is in fashion, some photographers specialized themselves about these landscapes, making images thanks to an early color process: Photochrom.

The Photochrom was invented in the 1880s by Hans-Jakob SCHMID (1865-1924), an employee of the Swiss publishing company Orell F├╝ssil & Cie. We obtained the technique from a black and white photographic negative, basing on the process of color lithography. Thanks to the Photochrom, it was now possible to put many colors in the photograph. However, we had not still reached automatic work. In other words, we had to retouch each image manually according to the color.

The choice of color required the interpretation of a performer to have more details in the photo. Consequently, the photochrom prints did not seem natural. At the beginning of the 20th century, they were quickly sold out in tourist spots, particularly in the Middle East.

Jerusalem bazar

Beyrouth port

Beyrouth women

Beyrouth, Lebanon

Jerusalem breadsellers

Jerusalem religious Jews

Jerusalem stoneworkers

Lebanon Druses meal

Lebanon farmers

Street in Damascus, Syria

Syria sheikhs

Syrian women farmers

Young woman in Bethlehem, Palestine

Baalbek, Lebanon

Bedouin camel

Bedouin camels

Bedouin Jordanians

Bedouin tent

Bethanie tomb of Lazarus

Bethlehem women, Palestine



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