As an idealist and an internationalist, Kahn believed that he could use the new autochrome process, the world’s first user-friendly, true-colour photographic system, to promote cross-cultural peace and understanding.

Kahn used his vast fortune to send a group of intrepid photographers to more than fifty countries around the world, often at crucial junctures in their history, when age-old cultures were on the brink of being changed for ever by war and the march of twentieth-century globalisation.

This photograph was taken in Corfu of women in traditional dress sometime between 1912 and 1913. For more information on Albert Kahn and his ambitious project visit http://www.albertkahn.co.uk/

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