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Franklin Price Knott. A Taos Indian pueblo rests on the hill behind women in the foreground. New Mexico, USA. 1920s.

Franklin Price Knott. A street scene in an ancient troglodytae village. Tunisia. 1920s.

Franklin Price Knott. A royal elephant flanked by guards awaits the Maharaja. India. 1927.

Franklin Price Knott. A Hopi Indian and his burro stand at the edge of a high mesa. Near Walapai, Arizona, USA. 1920s.

Franklin Prince Knott (1854-1930), the most famous American artist of autochromes. Demonstrating artistic talent at a young age, Franklin won scholarships to two Massachusetts schools and eventually made his way to Europe for further study, began to carve out a successful career as a painter of miniature portraits, then he began having eye trouble and his wife urged him to take up the new field of color photography. take up the new field of color photography. Born was initially like a hobby became, within a few years, a new career that brought Knott international fame. He started to work for the National Geographic and  in 1927 he undertook a journey to the East, sending hundreds of color plates to the magazine.