Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Early 20th Century Russian Empire in Colour by Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky [23 Pics]

May 10 2012

Around 1905 Sergey envisioned an immense plan to document the vast land of the Russian Empire. He wanted to apply recently emerging technological advances in colour photography to document the vast and diverse history, culture and modernization of the Empire.

Tsar Nicholas II commissioned Sergey to travel in his specially equipped darkroom railroad-car and document everything that was worthy. Tsar Nicholas II also provided Sergey with two permits that granted him access to restricted places and cooperation from the bureaucrats.

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Monastery of St. Nilus on Stolbny Island in Lake Seliger near Ostashkov (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky selfportrait on Karolitskhali River (pre-1905)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Headquarters of the Ural Railway Administration in the city of Perm (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Summertime location of the exchange in the city Perm (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Kama river near Perm (1910). The bridge still stands today, but another similar bridge has been built along side it. Both are painted white.

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Austro-Hungarian POW's (Prisoners of War) in Russia (1915)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

General view of the city of Perm from Gorodskie Gorki (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Dagestani man (1904)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Riding on handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega near Petrozavodsk (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

General view of the city of Perm (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

A guard and inmates in Zindan (prison), Bukhara (1907)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Greek women and children harvesting tea in Chakva, Georgia

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Young Russian peasant women in a rural area along the Sheksna River near the small town of Kirillov

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara, seated holding a sword in Bukhara (present-day Uzbekistan) (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

A man and woman pose in Dagestan (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Workers and Supervisors prepare to pour the concrete sluice for the dam across Oka River near Beloomut (1912)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Beautiful view of Nikolaevskii Cathedral in Mozhaisk (1911)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

A shepherd boy on Sim River (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

This Chapel is placed on the area where Belozersk was founded (1909)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Women of Dagestan (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Wharf at Mezhevaya Utka (1912)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

A man carrying water in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan) (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur – Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm (1910)

Prokudin Gorsky Imperial Russia Colour

The bay of Sukhumi as seen from Cherniavskii Mountain, Abkhazia (1910)

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