Friday, July 12, 2013

Prokudin-Gorskii's Photographs of Ukraine and Russia

Ukrainian Woman
Ukrainian Village
The following pictures are from the Library of Congress.  They are an excellent way to see what the countries in which ancestors lived.  Produkin-Gorskii's pictures are unusual because he found a way to take produce photographs in color.  None of the following photographs have been hand colored.  You can see from the photo, the layering of the various negatives, which is how the photographer was able to produce the color pictures. 



About the Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

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 in1948.

Russian Girls outside their house
Ukrainian Village and farm fields

Thatched roof house in Ukraine

Ukrainian Woman

Russian farmers outside their house.

To see more of Prokudin-Gorskii's photographs, click here:
Link to the Library of Congress: The Prokudin-Gorskii Collection.