Dubai sent 150 years into the past...

These photographs of Dubai are by Martin Becka.

The images were captured using Gustave Le Gray’s waxed paper negative process on an 1857 camera.

Becka exhibited the photographs as “Transmutations: Capturing Dubai using the 19th Century techniques in Photographs” from October - November 2009 at Dubai’s Empty Quarter Gallery.

Becka told Time Out Dubai:

“In my photographs, the cities [...]

England in colour 100 years ago...

These three pictures are Autochromes of Hampshire / Dorset in 1907.

Launched by the Lumiere brothers in 1907, the Autochrome was the first practical colour photographic process. English Autochromes are rare, though a number of collections do exist, dating from between 1907 and 1936.

All three images taken by Alex Embleton’s great-grandfather, and (c) Alex Embleton.

Does [...]

1940s London in stunning hi-res colour...

These beautiful photographs were taken using Kodachrome film by the improbably and wonderfully named Chalmers Butterfield, probably in 1949.

The two pictures above are of Shaftesbury Avenue at Piccadilly Circus.

The picture above is just off Sloane Square

Click through to see the photographs in high resolution.

10 pictures conjuring the past from thin air...

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How old do you think this photo is?

This is Robert Cornelius, aged 30, standing in the autumn sun outside his father’s family store on 8th street, Philadelphia. This is one of the first pictures he took - its a self portrait.

Answer (highlight to read):

175 years old.

On the back of the image is the inscription “The first ever light picture, [...]