Color Photos of Russia From World War I Era

Newsweek ran a story recently about some pictures taken by a Russian photographer from 1907-1915.  Traveling through Russia, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii had devised his own method for taking color photographs that included taking a picture with three colored plates.  If you’re interested more in the methodology and the story behind it, I highly recommend taking a peek at, it also contains the rest of the photo gallery. Prokudin-Gorskii’s photos can also be found at the US Library of Congress (which originally purchased these photos but had to wait until this decade to digitally restore them).  Their collection is named “The Empire That Was Russia.”

I love stories like this, and once you take a look at these pictures I think you will, too.  The black and white photos we’re used to are nice and everything, but when you see Prokudin-Gorskii’s images in full color (it looks like these pictures were taken yesterday) it will really hit home that these were real people living through some amazing events.  Here’s one of the pictures, just to whet your whistle:

The Emir of Bukhara

The Emir of Bukhara

I know nothing about this particular Emir, but boy, he sure looks a little slow in that picture, doesn’t he?


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