Jun 22, 2009

Russia, Like its 1909...


One hundred years ago, Tsar Nicholas II commissioned Sergey M. Prokudin-Gorsky to document the Russian empire on film. In the process, Prokudin-Gorsky not only created a new technique for coloring black and white photographs, but recorded some of the most stunning, and haunting, images of a quiet world on the cusp of a revolutionary upheaval from which it would never retrun.

See it here and the full archive here.

4 comments:

LIVLIVS MAXIMVS said...

Well, that Flickr link is not actually a full archive, because it lacks at least this photo of Emir of Bukhara :)

Michelle said...

Those are amazing photos! Thanks for sharing the link!

Leopolis said...

Yo, I have this book and what is striking is that the color does not date the images. So they look like they could have been taken more recently than 1900s.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

Glad you guys liked them. The color is absolutly unreal. And, yes, I shouldn't have said the full archive. The Flickr archive. =)