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Museum Releases 25K Worldwide Photos Of 20th-Century Life Into Public Domain


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Images via Albert-Kahn Museum (public domain)

In 1908, French banker Albert Kahn set out on a mission to photograph humanity in the far stretches of the earth. He enlisted 12 photographers to capture life everywhere, and they followed through by carrying their lenses across 50 countries to document mundane and animated moments. Alas, his project, Archives of the Planet, came to an end in 1931 after he fell bankrupt from the stock market crash.

Regardless, it was an ambitious feat, and the photographers pooled efforts to take more than 72,000 photos of people and cultural sites, as well as chronicled major events like the First World War and the Turkish War of Independence, PetaPixel reports.

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