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Beyond Black and White: Colour in London 1927 footage

Incredible colour footage of 1920s London shot by an early British pioneer of film named Claude Frisse-Greene, who made a series of travelogues using the colour process his father William – a noted cinematographer – was experimenting with. It’s like a beautifully dusty old postcard you’d find in a junk store, but moving.

You may have seen pre-1945 footage of London shot in Black and White, but here’s a rare visual of London in 1927 – in colour! It’s amazing how some colour changes London! Can you spot the main differences to London?… Not just the buses or the buildings. I’m talking about the people. In my eyes London’s best improvement is it’s racial DIVERSITY!

You couldn’t make a video about London today with seeing some colour – know what I mean? A sea of white faces is so 1927 and it should stay that way. I love London’s history, but I also love the contribution people of colour have given to a city renowned as the capital of diversity in Europe! Don’t see things in just Black and White.

Colour changes everything!

#SolidarityForPeopleOfColour “We are here, because they were there”

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