Thursday, September 03, 2009
Tsarist Russia in color
The Library of Congress has a display of photographs taken by the royal photographer of Czar St. Nicholas II online. Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was given special funding and transportation by the Czar, including a private train, with the commission to create a photographic record of his vast empire. Prokudin-Gorskii used a self developed method to create color photographs at a time when that kind of technology was almost non-existent. The result is a magnificent collection of color pictures of the Russian Empire dating to the to first decade of the previous century through roughly 1915....
Take a look at them. They really are spectacular. This one is of a mine near Ekaterinaburg.