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A Look at the Spectacular First Color Photographs of the Arab World

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Tuesday 16 May 201706:34 am
The first color photographs of the Arab world date back to the end of the 19th century. Published by The Telegraph, they were produced using the Photochrom technique, by Swiss photography firm Photoglob Zürich AG. The process involves coloring the photos in after they are taken in monochrome. The technique produces a distinctive aesthetic, while the photos themselves provide a unique window onto previously unseen images of various Arab cities and towns. [caption id="attachment_69876" align="alignnone" width="900"]The coast of Beirut, Lebanon, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_Town-and-harbor-from-St.-Dimila-Beyrout-1890-1900 The coast of Beirut, Lebanon, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69877" align="alignnone" width="900"]Barada River, Damascus, Syria, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_ThestreamofBaradaDamascusSyria1890-1900 Barada River, Damascus, Syria, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69878" align="alignnone" width="900"]The River Jordan, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_TheRiverJordan1890-1900 The River Jordan, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="900"]mid-east1-xlargemid-east1-xlarge A Palestinian Sheikh[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69880" align="alignnone" width="900"]Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_TheJaffaGateJerusalem1890-1900 Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69881" align="alignnone" width="900"]The Dead Sea, Jordan, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_TheDeadSeaJerichoHolyLandWestBankca.1890-1900 The Dead Sea, Jordan, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69883" align="alignnone" width="900"]The birthplace of Mary Magdalene, Magdala, 1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_TheBirthplaceofMaryMagdaleneMagdalaHolyLand1890-1900 The birthplace of Mary Magdalene, Magdala, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69884" align="alignnone" width="900"]A rock cutter in Jerusalem, 1890-1900 photogallery_coloredpicsArab_StoneCuttersofJerusalem1890-1900 A rock cutter in Jerusalem, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69885" align="alignnone" width="900"]Sousse, Tunisia, 1899 photogallery_coloredpicsArab_SousseTunisiaca.1899 Sousse, Tunisia, 1899[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69886" align="alignnone" width="900"]photogallery_coloredpicsArab_SoucElTroukTunisTunisiaca.1899photogallery_coloredpicsArab_SoucElTroukTunisTunisiaca.1899 Souc Eltrouk, Tunis, Tunisia, 1899[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69887" align="alignnone" width="900"]photogallery_coloredpicsArab_PlacedelaRepubliqueAlgiersAlgeria1899photogallery_coloredpicsArab_PlacedelaRepubliqueAlgiersAlgeria1899 Place de la Republiqe, Algeria, 1899[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69888" align="alignnone" width="900"]Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery, Algiers, Algeria, 1899photogallery_coloredpicsArab_LuceBenAbenSchoolofArabEmbroideryAlgiersAlgeria Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery, Algiers, Algeria, 1899[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69889" align="alignnone" width="900"]Al-Zabadani, Syria, 1890-1900 photogallery_coloredpicsArab_GeneralViewZebdanyAz-ZabdaniSyriaca.1890-1900 Al-Zabadani, Syria, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69890" align="alignnone" width="900"]photogallery_coloredpicsArab_GeneralViewSidon1890-1900photogallery_coloredpicsArab_GeneralViewSidon1890-1900 Sidon, Lebanon, 1890-1900[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69891" align="alignnone" width="900"]A port in Algiers, Algeriaphotogallery_coloredpicsArab_FromtheAdmiraltyAlgiersAlgeria1899 A port in Algiers, Algeria[/caption] [caption id="attachment_69892" align="alignnone" width="900"]Ebony market, Tunisia, 1899photogallery_coloredpicsArab_EbonyMarketTunisTunisiaca.1899 Ebony market, Tunisia, 1899[/caption]
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