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    Actual color photos from 1905 - 1915 Russia

    I stumbled onto this earlier today. Some of these images are amazing ...

    Prints & Photographs Online Catalog - Prokudin-Gorskii Collection - About - Background and Scope

    122 original color images and recent digital renderings on one page: Search Results

    Using emerging technological advances in color photography, Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) made numerous photographic trips to systematically document the Russian Empire. He conducted most of his visual surveys between 1909 and 1915, although some of his work dates as early as 1905. The Empire at this time stretched 7,000 miles from west to east and 3,000 miles from north to south and comprised one-sixth of the earth's land mass. It was the largest empire in history and spanned what today are eleven different times zones.

    Tsar Nicholas II supported this ambitious project by providing passes and transportation: by rail, boat and automobile. Each journey made by Prokudin-Gorskii is represented by a photographic album and corresponding negatives. There is also an album of various studies, including views in Europe.
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    Just looked through all of those. Interesting stuff, everyone looks miserable.
    The fast and the "Yeah right!"
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    Quote Originally Posted by etshulda View Post
    everyone looks miserable.
    Yes maybe ... might have been the culture, mistrust of strangers or the uneasiness of being in front of what was likely photographic equipment they had never seen.

    They became far more miserable once Stalin came to power.

    They are remarkably detailed and accurate images for the period. I checked out and saved several of the full sized TIFFs. Amazing.
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    He was like the Russian Lewis and Clark.
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    Very nice find.
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    Cool pics. I think I would've been a pretty miserable Russian if I lived there from 1905-1915.

    If I ever have time I'll sort through all my Madagascar photos and post links. The part of the country I work in is very primitive. Mud huts, and the most common form of transport is a wooden cart, with wooden wheels, pulled by a Zebu (cow with a hump on it's back). Everyone has a cell phone though...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mudferret View Post
    Everyone has a cell phone though...
    How else would you call AAA if your Zebu broke down?

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