In Counter-Archive: Film, the Everyday, and Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète Paula Amad examines one of the most extraordinary collections of film and photography.
Tucked away in a garden on the edge of Paris is a multimedia archive like no other: Albert Kahn’s Archives de la Planète (1908-1931). Kahn’s vast photo-cinematographic experiment preserved world memory through the privileged lens of everyday life, and Counter-Archive situates this project in its biographic, intellectual, and cinematic contexts.
At the heart of the book is an insightful meditation upon the transformed concept of the archive in the age of cinema. While Amad’s work offers the first comprehensive study of Kahn’s films, the photographs from the collection, documenting life in the early twentieth century are also extraordinary.
Recently the Web site City Noise posted photographs from the collection. Some examples are below and click here for more.