London: Early colour film looks surprisingly modern

Posted on by Mike Evans

We all tend to think of the early years of the last century as monochrome. Most photographs and films prior to the late thirties are black and white and it is easy to forget that life was just as colourful then as it is now. This 1927 footage by pioneer colour photographer Claude Friese-Green is remarkable because it shows us street scenes much more vididly than we have been used to seeing. Apart from the vintage vehicles it all looks more modern than you would expect after 85 years.

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