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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
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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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Mechetʹ v Samarkandi︠e︡

Mechetʹ v Samarkandi︠e︡

Person seated on porch of mosque.

Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand

Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand

Woman in purdah, standing near wooden door.

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Man and woman posed outdoors.

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Man seated in grasses next to an ornate mausoleum.

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Group of women posed outdoors.

Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand

Sarti︠a︡nka. Samarkand

Woman in purdah, standing near wooden door.

Lugano
Aist (Ėti︠u︡d v Bukhari︠e︡)

Aist (Ėti︠u︡d v Bukhari︠e︡)

A stork in its nest, atop a building.

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.

Pīony
Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Man seated in grasses next to an ornate mausoleum.

[Roses]
[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

S chilimom. Samarkand

S chilimom. Samarkand

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

Kochui︠u︡shchīe kirgizy. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Kochui︠u︡shchīe kirgizy. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Family of three, kneeling in a field.

Kurmy
Azalīi
[Dunes]
[Trees]
V Italīi

V Italīi

Woman in formal dress, posed, standing near gate.

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Man and woman posed outdoors.