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Russian empire in colour 1909-1912


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Here are some amazing photos of the Russian empire 1909-1912. Here is the background to the collectiom :

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html#photo14

Russia in color, a century ago

With images from southern and central Russia in the news lately due to extensive wildfires, I thought it would be interesting to look back in time with this extraordinary collection of color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912. In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun. Collected here are a few of the hundreds of color images made available by the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates back in 1948. [Editor's Note: I will be on vacation for a bit. Next entry will be published on 8/27] (34 photos total)

An Armenian woman in national costume poses for Prokudin-Gorskii on a hillside near Artvin (in present day Turkey), circa 1910

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Emir Seyyid Mir Mohammed Alim Khan, the Emir of Bukhara

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Alternators made in Budapest, Hungary, in the power generating hall of a hydroelectric station in Iolotan (Eloten), Turkmenistan, on the Murghab River, ca. 1910.

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The vibrancy and richness of the Emir's robes are simply stunning.

Robert Werlich's book has a funny story that the Emir used to distribute Bukhara orders freely to all and sundry to save on tipping! He did not survive the Revolution I believe.

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The vibrancy and richness of the Emir's robes are simply stunning.

Robert Werlich's book has a funny story that the Emir used to distribute Bukhara orders freely to all and sundry to save on tipping! He did not survive the Revolution I believe.

He survived as Emir unti 1920 when the Red Army captured Bukhara. He fled to Afghanistan where he remained in exile until his death in 1944

Paul

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I found these several years ago, i think a different site, there were hundreds. They are not actually re-colourisations but original colour photos using a set of three different colour plates when overlaid gave real colour, they are however trule amazing. They were available as a tiff file also, takes up great lot of memory but the close up quality is amazing

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Is that Basil Fawlty aka John Cleese!?

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