Saturday, March 10, 2012

Early 20th Century Russia - The Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

In 1905, Sergey Prokudin-Gorskii embarked on a 10 year mission to document the massive Russian Empire. Using an ingenious technique that he developed and a camera of his own design, 3 monochrome pictures were taken of each subject through red, green, and blue filters. This allowed the images to later be projected in brilliant color. This collection of glass slides acquired by the Library of Congress in 1948 vividly portrays a lost world, the old Russia before World War I and the subsequent revolutions.

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