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Russia's True Colors

The Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between 1905 and 1915Created by: PICRYLDated: 1910
Prokudin Gorskii: Tipy Dagestana. Color separation negative
The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features color photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915. Frequent subjects among the 2,607 distinct images include people, religious architecture, historic sites, industry and agriculture, public works construction, scenes along water and railway transportation routes, and views of villages and cities. An active photographer and scientist, Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook most of his ambitious color documentary project from 1909 to 1915. The Library of Congress purchased the collection from the photographer's sons in 1948.
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Na Registani︠e︡. Samarkand

Na Registani︠e︡. Samarkand

Men posed on steps of mosque(?).

Prokudin Gorskii: V Italīi. Color separation negative

Prokudin Gorskii: V Italīi. Color separation negative

Woman in formal dress, posed, standing near gate.

Kochui︠u︡shchīe kirgizy. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Kochui︠u︡shchīe kirgizy. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Family of three, kneeling in a field.

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Man seated in grasses next to an ornate mausoleum.

Kavkaz. Gruzin - torgovet︠s︡ pomidorami

Kavkaz. Gruzin - torgovet︠s︡ pomidorami

A man holding a basket of tomatoes.

[Turkmenia. Poselok Farab. Zh/d stantsiia]

[Turkmenia. Poselok Farab. Zh/d stantsiia]

Photo shows station on the Chardzhou-Bukhara railroad. Signs on the station building read "FARAB." Farab, a settlement of the urban type, is the center of the Farab region of Chardzhou Province, Turkmenistan, o... More

Torgovet︠s︡ materīi︠a︡mi. Samarkand

Torgovet︠s︡ materīi︠a︡mi. Samarkand

Merchant's display includes silk, cotton, and wool fabrics as well as a few carpets. A framed page of the Koran hangs at the top of the stall.

Aist (Ėti︠u︡d v Bukhari︠e︡)

Aist (Ėti︠u︡d v Bukhari︠e︡)

A stork in its nest, atop a building.

Prokudin Gorskii: Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand. Color separation negative
Prokudin Gorskii: Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand. Color separation negative
Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Man seated in grasses next to an ornate mausoleum.

S chilimom. Samarkand

S chilimom. Samarkand

Man seated with water pipe, next to an ornate wall.

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