Pathé News (AKA "British Pathé") was one of the biggest news agencies in the world in the 20th century. Maybe the biggest of all. The company was founded in 1896 and mainly focused on producing newsreels for movie theaters (before the TV took over). They stopped producing newsreels and documentries in the early 1970s as they couldn't compete with news broadcasts on TV. This week they uploaded the full collection of their films (85,000 of them) to Youtube, including un-aired materials.
If you like history, or seeing how life was like 50-100 years ago, you'll find it hard to stop watching those videos. So many historic moments, so many interesting subjects. You can see everything from the news about the Hindenburg, reports on The Beatles when they just took over the world, or the news about the first person to step on the moon. Total of over 3,500 hours of footage from that era is now free for all on Youtube.
After spending hours watching random videos on their page, I decided to bring you some of Pathé's best newsreels and stories related to photography. Just sit back and enjoy seeing how much we advanced since then.
London Holds Photo Fair - 1955
Time Lapse Photography - 1965
Underwater Photography - 1952
3D Photography of a painting - 1962
Aerial Photography - 1952
High Speed Photography - 1965
Microscopic Photography - 1920s
International Photography Exhibition - 1954
Aerial Photography Aids Map Makers in Hungary - 1965
Delia The Portrait Photographer - 1955
The First Hundred Years of Photography - 1939
Aerial Stills - 1961
Photography Camp - 1961
Cinema Progress From 1895 to date - 1932
Fastest Camera - 1948
Camera Club - 1950