Color Photos of Albania in 1913 – Archives of the Planet

Archives of the Planet Collection #4


In 1913, photographer Auguste Léon, who worked for the project “Archives of the Planet” (French: Les Archives de la Planète), visited Albania and captured alluring color photos of the country. 

Archives of the Planet was a project initiated by Albert Kahn, a French banker and philanthropist, and it aimed to create “a kind of photographic inventory of the surface of the earth, as it was occupied and organized by men at the beginning of the 20th century.” We may consider it to be an oldschool Google Maps.

Disclaimer: The photos belong to the archives of “Musée Albert-Khan – Département des Hauts-de-Seine”

Two Muslim Albanians / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
Portrait of a little Muslim boy / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
A street / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
Four Albanians / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
City fortifications and Orthodox church / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
A neighborhood / Durrës, Albania / 16 October 1913
The guards of the estate of Essad Pasha / Reth, Albania / 17 October 1913
The porch of the house of Essad Pasha / Reth, Albania / 17 October 1913
Two Albanians carrying tobacco from the field of Essad Pasha / Reth, Albania / 17 October 1913
Essad Pasha / Reth, Albania / 17 October 1913
Cafe and grocery store / Tirana, Albania / 18 October 1913
A mosque / Tirana, Albania / 18 October 1913
An imam, a policeman and little Albanians in a cemetery / Tirana, Albania / 18 October 1913
A street / Tirana, Albania / 18 October 1913
The port and boats / Durrës, Albania / 19 October 1913
A Catholic from the mountains with a cradle on her back / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913
A Catholic and her son / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913
Group in front of the damaged wall of a Franciscan convent / Shkodër, Albania / October 1913
An Albanian Catholic from the city / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913
Two young mountain women in traditional costume / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913
At the foot of the Rozafa Fortress, canoes and boats moored to a bank of the Buna River / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913
Shepherdess in the ruins of the bazaar / Shköder, Albania / 21 October 1913

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