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Offline Andrew21091

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Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« on: September 03, 2009, 06:32:51 PM »
I recently came across a very cool photo collection of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. The photos are amazingly beautiful and their are very beautiful photos of churches and people in Russia. Many of these photos were taken almost a hundred years ago but they look as if they were taken recently. The photos also show the ethnic diversity that was found there showing Russians, Kazakhs, Jews, Uzbeks, Dagestanians, and others. One photo of the collection that I think is really special is the color photo of Solovki Monastery taken only two years before the dreaded revolution which afterward it was turned into one of the most terrible concentration camps in the Soviet Union.

Enjoy: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/

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Photo of Nilova Monastery taken in 1910


These are truly beautiful



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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2009, 07:03:26 PM »
Yes, I saw those today.  Very beautifull!
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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2009, 07:07:06 PM »
Do you think these were taken with the original color film or were they hand colored like many color photos of that time? In any case they are beautiful, it makes me want to visit Russia.

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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2009, 07:11:04 PM »
It's amazing what they can do: when they digitalized Caruso, they heard these sounds. It turns out that the old recording had the stage hands conversations, which digitalizing brought out.  Digitalized manuscripts, papyri, etc. come out as clear as the day they were written. The colorization here is something else.
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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #4 on: September 03, 2009, 07:18:23 PM »
Do you think these were taken with the original color film or were they hand colored like many color photos of that time? In any case they are beautiful, it makes me want to visit Russia.

These are showing the real colors. It explains the photographer's techniques on the website. Quote from the site: "We know that Prokudin-Gorskii intended his photographic images to be viewed in color because he developed an ingenious photographic technique in order for these images to be captured in black and white on glass plate negatives, using red, green and blue filters. He then presented these images in color in slide lectures using a light-projection system involving the same three filters."

http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/making.html
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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2010, 03:46:06 AM »
As Andrew describes, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii was one of the great pioneers of color photography. Although the colors that we see here have been somehat enhanced in the processes that the Library of Congress used in having them reproduced, they are, overall, said to be very true to the originals.

Sergei actually took 3 shots for each picture, using red, blue, and green color filters. He then had to manipulate the resultant multiple images to produce the final photos in colors as true to the original as possible (and he was reportedly a perfectionist in achieving that result). Considering the effort involved, his output was prodigeous - 10,000 prints over a 10 year period.

Regretably, when the Library of Congress purchased the negatives some years after his repose, there were only about 2,000 of them found.

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Re: Color photos of pre-revolutionary Russia
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2010, 05:32:12 AM »
Absolutely beautiful!  Had to repost this on facebook!