How Russia Looked Before The Revolution 100 Years Ago (32 pics)

Posted in PICTURES       3 Dec 2019       20611       6

When chemistry met photography

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was a scientist with a passion for photography, who produced hundreds of colorful images of his country. And he probably would’ve remained just another unknown photographer if it wasn’t for one picture: on one of his trips he got to photograph one of the most renowned Russian authors, Leo Tolstoy.

His name, as an artist, spread fast. His revealing photos even startled the Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II, who invited him to his palace to see his work. After contemplating the shots of the empire’s breathtaking landscapes and the portrait of Leo Tolstoy himself, he couldn’t help but give Prokudin-Gorsky an assignment to start a journey to document the Russian Empire in color.

The expedition would last for 6 years, from 1909 to 1915, which the photographer took as the project of his life. Thanks to his technique of 3-image color photography, he was able to keep a record of the country before the revolution.

But, as they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so let’s begin our tour to the mysterious past and enjoy the picturesque landscapes and intriguing characters.

 

Girl with wild strawberries
Woman in Little Russia, now Ukraine
The capture of peasants

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Crew of the steamship “Sheksna” of the Ministry of Communication and Transportation
Head study
Emir of Bukhara, now Uzbekistan
Group of children
Woodcutters on the Svir River
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Dagestani couple in the North Caucasus
3 generations: A.P. Kalganov with his son and granddaughter
Bashkir woman in a folk costume
At harvest time
Prokudin-Gorsky (right) in Murman with 2 men
A switchman on the road
A Bashkir dog
Peasant woman breaking flax
Georgian women dressed in holiday attire, in the park of Borzhom
A teacher with his female students near the Artomelin mosque in Artvin
A group of Greek women workers harvesting tea, in modern day Georgia
Dagestani man, Southern Russia
Armenian women in their traditional clothing
A settler’s family in Grafovka
Prison with inmates looking out through the bars and a guard with a Russian rifle, uniform, and boots, Central Asia
Spinning yarn in the village of Izvedovo
Dagestani women
Man with a camel loaded with packs
Georgian woman in a folk costume
Study of a girl
Sart woman in Samarkand, now Uzbekistan
Peasant girls


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Stuck 8 month s ago
Great post Izzy!!
I've seen some of these photos but I did not know where they came from.
Really captured a solemn dignity of these people, didn't he.
       
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Million 8 month s ago
Beautiful. I don't know why, but this collection brought tears to my eyes.
       
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Stuck 8 month s ago
I must have missed something.
       
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Selected 8 month s ago
Another beautiful and well-remembered country, before the Leftists destroyed it for everybody. When will they ever learn?
       
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Something 8 month s ago
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This rifle seems to be a Berdan II (M1870). It used a 10.7×58mmR (.42 caliber) cartridge, but some rifle were converted to 7.62×54mmR. Simple, reliable rifle. In soviet time it was usualy used by hunters and watchmen.
       
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Alive 7 month s ago
@Something, good eye, nice catch~!
       
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