Thursday, July 22, 2010

100 Years Ago In Russia

These are more early color photographs made between 1905 and 1910 by the irrepressible Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii. As discussed here before, he was commissioned by Czar Nicolas to travel the width and breadth of the vast reaches of the Russian Empire, documenting the numerous cultures through pictures. He traveled in a specially outfitted rail car and used an advanced three color separation technique and glass slides to create his unique color pictures.

These pictures show a family posing in front of their yurt, with a pack laden camel, in native dress and, a first for me, what the inside of a yurt looked like.

No precise location was given for where in the Russian Empire these particular photographs were made.


Tracy said...

VERY interesting! I've always like the idea of living in a yurt--one floor, one door, simple living... :o) Happy Day, Golden West ((HUGS))

steven said...

i remember the first time i learned about a yurt was way back in 1969 in the whole earth catalogue. i wanted to live in one then and i know that they have been adapted for north american climate and social conditions since then by companies on the west coast. home's where yurt!! by the way, wouldn't you have loved this guy's job. your own railcar, do what you love to do!!! wow. steven