Saturday, 22 October 2011

The Russian Empire in full colour (1910)

Beautiful century-old photographs
\View of the Monastery from the Solarium
(Nilova Monastery, Lake Seliger, Tver)

The photographs of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) offer a vivid portrait of a lost world--the Russian Empire on the eve of World War I and the coming revolution. His subjects ranged from the medieval churches and monasteries of old Russia, to the railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia's diverse population.

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/ 

Historic photos of Russia in 1917