After recently visiting the AGNSW to see the Eugène Atget exhibition, I have found a new fascination with old photographs. In this era of iphones and digital photography it is easy to miss the beauty of photographs from a bygone era. Here are some early colour photographs of Paris in 1914.

A soldier with a wooden leg stands next to a cannon, his uniform covered with medals. A shot of the original Moulin Rouge, an architectural gem of the Belle Époque that would be destroyed in a fire the following year. Unearthed by Retronaut, these color photos of Paris back 1914 are not only lovely to look at, they’re incredibly narrative, like a visual prompt for the kind of stories that Hemingway would write about the city in the decade to come.

Andrea Dell 22.12.12