London 1927 in Colour

I came across this posted elsewhere but it blew my mind so I had to post it here.

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It’s a film recorded in 1927 by an early pioneer of colour film techniques (Claude Friese-Greene) (using B&W film and colour filters to generate a colour effect). It was restored by the British Film Institute recently.

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The things I found most incredible about this film are the number of things that are the same (the view from the end of London Bridge is almost identical), the haunting thought that almost anyone pictured will now have died and the fact that everything looks so normal – people cross the road in London and respond to a camera in exactly the same way today. It’s a bit like having a small window into the past. I wonder if anyone will ever look at a film or image I have taken in 86 years time – I doubt it!

London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.

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