Russian Empire

Since that time, Prokudin-Gorsky makes color photographs ln Tolstoy, fi Chaliapin, the royal family and many other people. His images of ancient vases, artifacts Hermitage, were subsequently used for the restoration of lost color. Color photograph of Leo Tolstoy, Polyana, 1908 In 1909, Prokudin-Gorsky gets an audience with Czar Nicholas ii, he expressed his idea to capture in color photographs of his day Russia – its culture, history, various aspects of life in all areas, then constituted the Russian Empire. King approved plans for a photographer, gave him a specially equipped Amtrak train. Officials were ordered to help Prokudin-Gorsky in his travels and did not interfere even in the photography of strategic facilities, including bridges and factories. Steam locomotive 'Compound with superheater' Schmidt, 1909 In the years 1909-1915, Prokudin-Gorsky traveled a considerable part of Russia, photographing the ancient temples and monasteries, the types of towns, fields and forests, a variety of scenes of everyday life Russian heartland.

In the same period in Samarkand, Prokudin-Gorsky feels he invented the movie camera for color camerawork. However, the quality of a film proved unsatisfactory. After October Revolution, Prokudin-Gorsky fled Russia, took with him almost all made photographic plates (RGB-plate), except for removal from the pictures of the royal family, and strategic facilities. Once in exile, Photographer some time spent in Norway and England. Arriving in 1922 in Nice, Prokudin-Gorsky worked with the brothers Lumiere (Lumiere). In the early 30's photographer engaged in educational activities in France and even going make a new series of photographs of monuments of art of France and its colonies. This idea was implemented son Prokudin-Gorsky – Michael.

Prokudin-Gorsky had died in Paris on September 27, 1944, several weeks after Liberation of Allied troops. He was buried at the Russian cemetery in Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois (Sainte-Genevieve-des-Bois). The fate of a collection of color photographs by Prokudin-Gorsky's collection of color photographs of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky was purchased from his heirs in 1948, the Library of Congress (Library of Congress) and for a long time lying there in the archives. Only the development of computer technology has allowed to process these images and show the unique species of the Russian Empire full color. In 2001, the Library of Congress opened an exhibition of 'Empire, which was Russia. " For her, glass plates were scanned by computer and recreated the original color photographs, retouched and subjected to correction. Total Prokudin-Gorsky – 'Collection Splendors of Russia in natural colors – includes 1902 color and 1000 black-and-white photographs. Their restoration and processing continues to this day. The Russian Empire in Color – 100 years ago Here are some color photographs of the early 20 th century. Feel the atmosphere of the time. Bridge over the Kama River, near Perm Peasant Girls offer berries guests the hut in the countryside on the river near the village Sheksna Kirillov, 1909 Photos shot almost 100 years ago. How much has changed in that time Monastery of St. Nil on Stolobnom island on Lake Seliger, Tver Province, 1910 Chapel place the base of the ancient Belozersk, 1909