Thursday, September 24, 2009

Documenting The Russian Empire



Three more pictures from 1909, by the renowned Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii, who, at the behest Czar Nicholas, traveled the Russian Empire in a specially outfitted train car with the express purpose of documenting life in the Russian provinces. He invented a three color separation process that was revolutionary for the time. The top photograph's margin reads "Chapel on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times".



These next two photographs show women in traditional Russian dress.

5 comments:

High Desert Diva said...

The first photo.....wonderful.

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The Weaver of Grass said...

I love these photographs. I have been to Russia many times and love the countryside there. That first photo is very reminiscent of Dr Zhivago, isn't it?

steven said...

it's interesting to me that the weaver sees dr zhivago in the first picture because that's right where i went in my mind. i have not been to russia but it appeals to me. i want to see the countryisde the unspoiled old russia. decayed perhaps, rusted and burnt but essentially russian. thanks for these pics golden west. what's your connection to russia? steven

Crafty Green Poet said...

These are beautiful and fascinatign photos... they give us a real insight into history

Tracy said...

Russian influence very evident in the design of that chapel at the top--what a great structure! The details on the dress...Splendid, rich post, Golden West--thanks! Happy weekend to you all :o) ((HUGS))