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

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

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.

The coast of Beirut, Lebanon, 1890-1900 The coast of Beirut, Lebanon, 1890-1900
Barada River, Damascus, Syria, 1890-1900 Barada River, Damascus, Syria, 1890-1900
The River Jordan, 1890-1900 The River Jordan, 1890-1900
mid-east1-xlarge A Palestinian Sheikh
Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem, 1890-1900 Jaffa Gate (Bab al-Khalil), Jerusalem, 1890-1900
The Dead Sea, Jordan, 1890-1900 The Dead Sea, Jordan, 1890-1900
The birthplace of Mary Magdalene, Magdala, 1890-1900 The birthplace of Mary Magdalene, Magdala, 1890-1900
A rock cutter in Jerusalem, 1890-1900 A rock cutter in Jerusalem, 1890-1900
Sousse, Tunisia, 1899 Sousse, Tunisia, 1899
photogallery_coloredpicsArab_SoucElTroukTunisTunisiaca.1899 Souc Eltrouk, Tunis, Tunisia, 1899
photogallery_coloredpicsArab_PlacedelaRepubliqueAlgiersAlgeria1899 Place de la Republiqe, Algeria, 1899
Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery, Algiers, Algeria, 1899 Luce Ben Aben School of Arab Embroidery, Algiers, Algeria, 1899
Al-Zabadani, Syria, 1890-1900 Al-Zabadani, Syria, 1890-1900
photogallery_coloredpicsArab_GeneralViewSidon1890-1900 Sidon, Lebanon, 1890-1900
A port in Algiers, Algeria A port in Algiers, Algeria
Ebony market, Tunisia, 1899 Ebony market, Tunisia, 1899

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