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Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky born on 31 August 1863 at Funikova Gora village, Russian Empire – died on the 27 September 1944, Paris, France, was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Great pictures & an interesting insight into Russian society
before the revolution.



This photographer travelled to all the distant parts of Russian Empire.

This is for example a dweller of Turkmenia, now Turkmenistan. Camels were the common way of transportation for cargo even when trains were introduced to locals by Russian government.

This photographer, managed to make color photos of Russia 100 years ago in 1900-1910. It’s amazing to see the life back there in full color. He had a special task to travel across all the Russian Empire (that’s how Russia was called that times before Communism) and make thousands of such photos for a Royal Depositary.

So he made literary thousands of color photos of Russia 100 years ago and here I post a few of his excellent photos.

These are owners of Military Factory on Ural, region close to Siberia.


Mill-houses made of unpainted wood, which became gray after many rains.

That’s a middle of the summer in Siberia


That’s a first tea manufacturing factory located near the Batumi, nowadays Georgia, on the shore of the Black Sea.

It was the major supplier of tea to all the Russian Empire.


This is a market in Samarkand, he sells silk and wool fabrics together with some traditional middle east carpets.

On the top of his trading place one can see a page from Koran in the frame.


That’s another seller from the same marketplace in Samarkand, he sells melons.

He wears traditional cloths. Samarkand was part of Russia at that time.


That’s a steel factory, founded in 1747 between Ekaterinburg and Chelyabinsk cities, in Ural, close to Siberia, in the region rich with steel ore.

At the moment when the photo was made there were working more than 3,000 people at this factory.


And this is steel ore mining. This particular mine was a family owned business, one of many other suppliers of steel
ore to that factory above. Literary all the family was involved in extracting of the ore.


This is a fall of 1909, depicts the peasants who are on the break from the crop collecting job.
The photo is made near Cherepovec, a city which lies North from Moscow.


Those are Greek migrants from Greece working at tea collection, on the east shore of the Black Sea.
In this region of Russia there was a big group of people from Greece.


The most warm regions of Russian Empire at that time were on the shores of the Black Sea,
thanks to the mild climate in those regions some Southern sorts of plants, like tea or cotton, could be grown there.


That is the old man of Samarkand holds some birds he just has caught.

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what fantastic and interesting photos, where did you find them ? is there a book i can buy or a website you can direct me too ?

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Wiz

what fantastic and interesting photos, where did you find them ? is there a book i can buy or a website you can direct me too ?

:bravo:


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Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky born on 31 August 1863 at Funikova Gora village, Russian Empire – died on the 27 September 1944, Paris, France, was a Russian chemist and photographer. He is best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century Russia.

Early life

Prokudin-Gorsky was born in ancestral estate Funikova Gora in what is now Vladimir Oblast. His parents were of the Russian nobility, and the family had a long military history. They moved to Saint Petersburg, where Prokudin-Gorsky enrolled in Saint Petersburg State Institute of Technology to study chemistry under Dmitri Mendeleev. He also studied music and painting at the Imperial Academy of Arts. In 1889, he traveled to Berlin to continue his studies in photochemistry at the Technical University of Berlin with Adolf Miethe, who was working on color dyes and three-color photography.

Marriage and career in photography

In 1890, Prokudin-Gorsky married Anna Aleksandrovna Lavrova, and, later, the couple had two sons, Mikhail and Dmitri, and a daughter, Ekaterina. Anna was the daughter of the Russian industrialist Aleksandr Stepanovich Lavrov, an active member in the Imperial Russian Technical Society (IRTS). Prokudin-Gorsky subsequently became the director of the executive board of Lavrov's metal works near Saint Petersburg and remained so until the October Revolution. He also joined Russia's oldest photographic society, the photography section of the IRTS, presenting papers and lecturing on the science of photography. In 1901, he established a photography studio and laboratory in Saint Petersburg and further developed Miethe's methods on color photography. Throughout the years, his photographic work, publications and slide shows to other scientists and photographers in Russia, Germany and France earned him praise, and, in 1906, he was elected the president of the IRTS photography section and editor of Russia's main photography journal, the Fotograf-Liubitel.


Perhaps Prokudin-Gorsky's best-known work from the time is the only color portrait of Leo Tolstoy, which was then reproduced in various publications and printed for framing and on postcards. The fame from this photo and his earlier photos of Russia's nature and monuments earned him invitations to show his work to the Grand Duke Michael Alexandrovich of Russia, Empress Maria Feodorovna, and, eventually, the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family in 1909. The Tsar enjoyed the demonstration, and, with his blessing, Prokudin-Gorsky got the permission and funding to document Russia in colour. In the course of 10 years, he was to make a collection of 10,000 photos. Prokudin-Gorsky considered the project his life's work and continued his photographic journeys through Russia until after the October Revolution. He was appointed to a new professorship under the new regime, but he left the country in August 1918. He still pursued scientific work in color photography, published papers in English photography journals and, together with his colleague S. O. Maksimovich, obtained patents in Germany, England, France and Italy.

Later life and death

In 1920, Prokudin-Gorsky remarried and had a daughter with his assistant Maria Fedorovna née Schedrimo. The family finally settled in Paris in 1922, reuniting with his first wife and children. Prokudin-Gorsky set up a photo studio there together with his three adult children, naming it after his fourth child, Elka. In the 1930s, the elderly Prokudin-Gorsky continued with lectures showing his photographs of Russia to young Russians in France, but stopped commercial work and left the studio to his children, who named it Gorsky Frères. He died on September 27, 1944, and is buried in the Sainte-Geneviève-des-Bois Russian Cemetery.

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Self-portrait, Prokudin-Gorskii seated on a rock beside the Karolitskhali River
in the Caucasus Mountains near the eastern coast of the Black Sea 1915

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A small selection of his photographic work

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An Armenian woman poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey) 1910

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Volga-Baltic Waterway, Russia 1909

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Washing brown iron ore at the Shilovskii near the village of Makarovo, Russia 1909

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A woman is seated on the Sim River, part of the Volga watershed in 1910

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A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad near the town of Ust Katav, Russia 1910

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Gates at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in the city of Tver, Russia 1910

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Hut in the forest for woodcutters, Ural mountain region, Russia 1908

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General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, 1910

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Prokudin-Gorskii (right front) rides along on a handcar outside Petrozavodsk
on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega in 1910

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A few More photos from his work

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Trinity Cathedral in the city of Ialutorovsk, Siberia, Russia 1910

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View of the Solovetskii monastery Solovetski, Russia 1912

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Prokudin-Gorskii at a night camp on the bank of the Chusovaia River, Russia 1912

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Isfandiyar Jurji Bahadur, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm
(Khiva, now a part of modern Uzbekistan) 1910

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Trans-Siberian Railway crossing the Kama River near Perm,
Ural Mountains Region, Russia 1910.

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Church of the Exaltation of the Cross. Ostashkov, Russia 1908

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Near the small town of Iustilia, Finland on the Saimaa Canal 1907.
Finland was part of the Russian Empire until 1917

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View of Suzdal along the Kamenka River, Russia 1910

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Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara
(present-day Uzbekistan) 1910

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A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan) 1910

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A group of women in Dagestan, Russia 1910

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A few more excellent photos from Gorsky

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Peasants harvesting hay along the Mariinskii Canal, Russian Empire 1909

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Site of a rescue station, Onega Lake, Russian Empire 1909

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Shroud with image of the the Venerable Evfrosiniia,
Evfrosiniia Monastery, Suzdal, Russia 1910

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A man and woman pose in Dagestan, Russia 1910

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A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan) 1910

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Nikolaevskii Cathedral in the city of Mozhaisk, Russia 1911

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Kyn, Russia 1912

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Dalmatov Monastery, Siberia Russia 1909

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A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was
founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909

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Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 1910

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A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan 1910

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Spinning yarn in the village of Izvedovo, Russia 1907


Photos from the Library of Congress.

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Colour Photography from Russia in the Early 1900′s

An absolutely amazing set of colour photographs taken in Russia between 1905 and 1915
from Sergey Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky.
Many argue that these are the worlds oldest colour photographs.


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Saint Nil Stolbenskii Monastery, Lake Seliger; 1910

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A group of women in Dagestan, Russia 1910

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Camel caravan carrying thorns for fodder, Golodnaia Steppe; between 1905 and 1915

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Georgian woman standing on a carpet, outside, near a tree; between 1905 and 1915

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Peasant girls, Russian Empire. Three young women offer berries to visitors to their izba, a traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the town of Kirillov; 1909

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Migrant farmstead in the settlement of Nadezhdinsk with a group of peasants,
Golodnaia Steppe; between 1905 and 1915


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Altar side of the Dmitrievskii Cathedral, Vladimir; 1911

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Cotton textile mill interior with machines producing cotton thread, probably in Tashkent; between 1905 and 1915

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Austrian prisoners of war near a barrack, near Kiappeselga; 1915

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Church in the village of Shaidoma; 1915

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Photographer posing with two others; 1915

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Shuia River; 1915

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In Little Russia (Ukraine); between 1905 and 1915

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Log buildings in the Ural Mountain Region; between 1905 and 1915

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Corner tower of the Trinity Cathedral in the Solovetskii Monastery, Solovetski Islands; 1915

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At work on the upper reaches of the Syr-Darya, Golodnaia Steppe,
Four men on a horse-drawn cart, next to a cliff; between 1905 and 1915

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Rafts on the Peter the Great Canal. City of Shlisselburg, Russian Empire; 1909

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City of Cherdyn; 1910

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Old church of Saint Nicholas the Wonder Worker, Nyrob; 1910

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Church in Vetluga settlement; 1910

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Dvinsk, Roman Catholic church; 1912

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Assumption Cathedral in the Goritskii Monastery, near Pereiaslavl-Zalesskii; 1911

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Garden of the M.P.S. (Ministry of Communication and Transportation) and
Saint Paul sluice, Deviatiny, Russian Empire; 1909

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