Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii was a Russian photographer born in 1863. After studying chemistry with Mendeleev and later with Adolf Miethe, Gorskii started developing his own techniques and processes of color photography, giving it a quality that impresses even today. In 1909, he convinced the Tsar Nicolas II to send him on a trip across the Russian Empire to document its impressive diversity. It was a 10-year project, during which Gorskii took over 10,000 pictures.
Prokudin-Gorskii took color photos in Russia before Czar Nicholas II was overthrown. "His ultimate goal was to educate the schoolchildren of Russia with his “optical color projections” of the vast and diverse history, culture, and modernization of the empire." http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/gorskii.html
29 Photos Of Russia You Won't Believe Are 100 Years Old
WHAT did the Russian Empire between 1905 and Thanks to these images and more from the work of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection, we get some idea. Prokudin-Gorskii set out to record the landscape and its people in colour...