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Headline: The Russian Empire In Colour

Caption: The Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection features colour photographic surveys of the vast Russian Empire made between ca. 1905 and 1915. An active photographer and scientist, Prokudin-Gorskii's (1863-1944) 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. Using a railroad-car darkroom provided by Tsar Nicholas II, Prokudin-Gorsky traveled the Russian Empire from around using his three-image colour photography to record its many aspects. While some of his negatives were lost after his death, the majority ended up in the U.S. Library of Congress, who purchased the collection from his sons. Starting in 2000, the negatives were digitised and the colour triples for each subject digitally combined to produce hundreds of high-quality colour images of century-ago Russia. The Library of Congress purchased the collection from the photographer's sons in 1948.

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Credit: Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii/LOC/Cover Images

File Size: 1.09M (1139121 bytes)

Dimensions: 1253 x 1093 px (1.37 mp)
4.18 x 3.64 inch @ 300dpi
6.26 x 5.46 inch @ 200dpi
10.44 x 9.11 inch @ 120dpi