Hans Hildenbrand (1870–1957) was one of the early color photographers from Germany. In 1911 he founded the color photographic society, which mainly spread postcards and stereoscopic images and become known for taking color photographs during World War I. That time he was one of 19 officially commissioned war photographers on the German side, and the only one among them to make color photographs of the war zones in Alsace, Champagne and the Vosges.
After war in 1932 become photographer for the American magazine National Geographic, for which he visited Poland at the turn of the 20/30’s where he captured the colorful life of its people. On the photos you can see the daily life of farmers, highlanders and villagers in traditional costumes, St. Mary’s Church and the merchants in the Market Square in Cracow. It’s really piece of history captured on this photos.
Villagers of Łowicz before sunday devotion.
A man stands with a pipe in his mouth. Location: Bukowina, Near Zakopane.
Eastern Borderlands (Kresy). Villagers in front of the cottage in Ruthenia.
Peasant girls in kerchiefs and bright dresses pose in cottage lane in Łowicz.
Villagers from the village of Zduny in traditional costumes.
Woman in a theatrical outfit based on the traditional clothing of Lasowiacy.
Harvest in Poland.
Man playing bagpipes in Podhale.
Gorals tend to their corralled flock in Zakopane.
A woman nurses her child while other women stand around her in village Bednarka.
A group of woman take a break from selling goods at the market.
Family in traditional costumes.
A group of people going to church.
Zakopane Gorals (Highlanders) in front of the hut.
A young woman dressed in her festive garments.
A thirteenth-century St. Mary’s Basilica in Cracow.
A peasant girl balances water pails with a wooden yoke by a well in Bronowice.
The men in traditional garments
Old highlander in Tatra mountains.
Three Rusyns in traditional garments.