Photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii

(1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the
Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas ÌÌ. He
used a specialized camera to capture three black and
white images in fairly quick succession and then using
red, green and blue filters recombined the images to
produce color photos that were ahead of there time. The
high quality of Gorskii's pics make it difficult for viewers
to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time
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The Russian Empire was a state that existed from
1721 until the Russian Revolution in 1917. Ìt was
the second largest contiguous empire in world
history, surpassed only by the Mongol Empire, the
third largest empire the British Empire. At one point
in 1866, it stretched from eastern Europe, across
Asia, and into North America. By the end of the
19th century the size of the empire was about
(8,600,000 sq mi) or almost 1/6 of the Earth's
landmass.
Self-portrait, Prokudin-Gorskii seated on rock beside the Karolitskhali River in
the Caucasus Mountains near the eastern coast of the Black Sea 1915
An Armenian woman poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a
hiIIside near Artvin (in present day Turkey) 1910
'olga-Baltic Waterway, Russia 1909
Washing brown iron ore at the Shilovskii near the village of Makarovo, Russia 1909
Mills in Ìalutorovsk district of Tobolsk Province Siberia, Russia 1910
A woman is seated on the Sim River, part of the 'olga watershed in 1910
A switch operator poses on the Trans-Siberian Railroad near the town of Ust Katav, Russia 1910
Gates at the Cathedral of the Transfiguration in the city of Tver, Russia 1910
Hut in the forest for woodcutters, Ural mountain region, Russia 1908
Turkmen man posing with camel loaded with sacks,
probably of grain or cotton, Central Asia 1907
General view of Artvin (now in Turkey) from the small town of Svet, 1910
Prokudin-Gorskii (right front) rides along on a handcar outside
Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway along Lake Onega in 1910
Trinity Cathedral in the city of Ìalutorovsk, Siberia, Russia 1910
'iew of the Solovetskii monastery Solovetski, Russia 1912
Prokudin-Gorskii at a night camp on the bank of the Chusovaia River, Russia 1912
Ìsfandiyar 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.
Church of the Exaltation of the Cross. Ostashkov, Russia 1908
Near the small town of Ìustilia, Finland on the Saimaa Canal 1907
Finland was part of the Russian
Empire until 1917
'iew of Suzdal along the Kamenka River, Russia 1910
Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara (present-day Uzbekistan) 1910
A group of Jewish children with a teacher in Samarkand, (in modern Uzbekistan) 1910
A group of women in Dagestan, Russia 1910
Peasants harvesting hay along the Mariinskii Canal, Russian Empire
1909
Site of a rescue station, Onega Lake, Russian Empire
1909
Shroud with image of the the 'enerable Evfrosiniia,
Evfrosiniia Monastery, Suzdal, Russia 1910
A man and woman pose in Dagestan, Russia 1910
A water-carrier in Samarkand (present-day Uzbekistan) 1910
Nikolaevskii Cathedral in the city of Mozhaisk, Russia 1911
Kyn, Russia 1912
Dalmatov Monastery, Siberia Russia 1909
A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was
founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909
Sart woman in purdah in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, 1910
A boy sits in the court of Tillia-Kari mosque in Samarkand, present-day Uzbekistan 1910
Spinning yarn in the village of Ìzvedovo, Russia 1907
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prokudin-Gorskii

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