Amazing color photos from Russian Empire taken 100 years ago

Amazing color photographs taken between 1909 and 1912 by the photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) which undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II.

This great photographer used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using blue, green and red filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.

The high quality of these photos, 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.

The Library of Congress purchased the original glass plates back in 1948 and here on Photogic.com you will see only 34 of these.

water-carrier-samarkand

ural-mountains

trans-siberian-railway-bridge

trans-siberian-railroad

Tbilisi-Georgia

sukhumi-abkhazia

Sim-River

sheperd-boy

sart-woman

russian-children

peasants-harvesting-hay

Nomadic-Kirghiz

Nikolaevskii-Cathedral

muslim-boy-from-samarkand

Mezhevaya-Utka

Kyn-factory

Kasli-Iron-Works

Karolitskhali-River

Jewish-children

Isfandiyar-Jurji-Bahadur

Isfandiyar

hydroelectric-station

house-foundation

handcar

Georgian-woman

Emir-of-Bukhara

dog-rests-near-lake

Dagestan-women

Dagestan-couple

cornflowers

chapel

artvin-town

Armenian-woman

1909-photo

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