Mar 4, 2010

Long Gone: Tsarist Russia

More haunting pictures from the archive of Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (c. 1915) and the Tsarist world in twilight.

Pinkhus Karlinskii stands by a ferry dock along the Mariinskii Canal system (now the Volga-Baltic Waterway). He was eighty-four years old when the photo was taken, having worked the canal for sixty-six years. (That's ten three years longer then the total life expetency of a Russian male living today.)

Ethnic Russian settlers in the South Caucasus. (Are the faces that different from Dorothea Lange's photos of American Okies during the Great Depression?)

A rail push-car near Lake Onega, Petrozavodsk. Prokudin-Gorskii is one of the figures on the car.

2 comments:

Sublime Oblivion said...

"... having worked the canal for sixty-six years. (That's ten years longer than the total life expetency of a Russian male living today.)"

Russia's male life expectancy for 2009 was 63 years, not 56 years. Please be more careful with the facts.

Pirates(and)Diplomats said...

A fine point!