World War I
Color Photos


World War I.... who would have thought there were original color photos of WWI? Below you will find hundreds of photos taken by the French in the last two years of World War One. Although color photography was around prior to 1903, the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis, patented the process in 1903 and developed the first color film in 1907. The French army was the primary source of color photos during the course of World War One.


The pictures displayed on this website are done so under the 'fair use' doctrine under U.S. copyright law that provides for the licit, non-licensed citation or incorporation of possible copyrighted material. In a nutshell, this means that those images, according to US law, can only be used by this website for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, or research and is therefore not an infringement of copyright as this website's sole purpose is to educate and research the World War II era. If you believe one of these photos to be copyrighted please let me know and I will remove them right away.

Black and white photos of World War I