About the work
This picture was taken in 1895 on the beach of Ostend, Belgium. On the background, the famous Kursaal is depicted. It was known in that time as the "Nieuw Kursaal" because it replaced to old one that was build in 1878. In the subsequent years new construction works made it even bigger until it was destroyed in the Second World War by the Germans, who used the place to build a bunker. After the war the Kursaal was rebuilt again. This image was originally shot in black and white, but a special technique called 'photochrom' was used to colorize this image and give it this exclusive and historic character.
With over fifty years experience in the photography business, The "Archiv f?¬r Kunst und Geschichte" (AKG) is one of the largest European picture archives holding a total of ten million plus images. For more than fifty years they have been collecting images from all over the world as testimonies of art and culture, history and politics, science and media.