Color Photographs of Russia, 100 Years Ago. – The Big Picture

Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, in Bukhara, (present-day Uzbekistan), 1910.

Would you believe me if I told you we could see what the world looked like a century ago through color photographs? Well it’s true, and it’s nothing short of incredible. This extraordinary collection of color photographs was taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time – when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Check out the rest of the photos at The Big Picture. Russia in Color, a Century Ago – The Big Picture



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