Archives Of The Planet


Archives of the Planet was a groundbreaking project initiated by Albert Kahn, a French banker and philanthropist. Between 1901-1931, Albert Kahn sent photographers to different parts of the world to document cultures, people and remote settlements.

The project 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.” Today the collection holds more than 72,000 photographs.

Here on my website, I wanted to create a database in English where I share remarkable old color photos from Albert Kahn’s mysterious world and honor his memory. Enjoy!