Montcenis 1943. First bike...First color image.
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This five year old boy named Claudio (photographed by his father in July 1943 at the Lake of Mont Cenis), pose proudly on his first bike.
Claudio is 64 years old today, he gave me this picture, which can be considered one of the first color shot in Italy. Claudio also told me the story of this color film, which if you like you can read below.
Claudio's father was the commander of one of the Italian fortresses, placed to defend the border with France at Moncenisio. He was a great lover of photography and in the summer of 1943, a German officer his friend, gave him a hard to find film Agfa color.
A few months later, on 8 September 1943, Italy asked for an armistice, and the two friends became from day to day enemies.