In 1909, millionaire French banker and philanthropist Albert Kahn decided to enlist the era’s burgeoning photographic technology in a mission far greater than aesthetic fetishism, and set out to use the newautochrome—the world’s first true color photographic process, invented by the Lumière brothers in 1903 and marketed in 1907—to produce a color photographic record of human life on Earth as a way of promoting peace and fostering cross-cultural understanding. For Kahn, photography was a way of cataloging the human “tribes” of the world and constructing a vibrant, colorful quilt of our shared humanity.
(via The Dawn of the Color Photograph: Albert Kahn’s Catalog of Humanity - Maria Popova - The Atlantic)
When five teenagers sat down and posed for a picture at Copco Lake in 1982, they didn’t plan on making it a tradition. But that’s what it became. Every five years for the past three decades, John Wardlaw, John Dickson, Mark Rumer, Dallas Burney and John Molony have been meeting at the California lake and taking the same photo. (via CNN.com)
Media and the Memory is a fantastic site taking a look back at the golden age of television, capturing people’s memories of what TV has meant for them. There’s some wonderful digital storytelling too! (via @Digitalst)