Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky, 1863

I stumbled upon these images while searching for imagery from the early 1900's. When I saw full color photographs, it was both eery and exciting . Being so accustomed to viewing similar images in black and white, I immediately felt as if I was reliving these moments, seeing into their world in color!! I especially love how the colors vs. the clearly 19th century clothing makes Sergey's images appear as if they are from a recent shoot re-living this period (not actually SHOT then.)

Austrian prisoners, 1915.


1910, art castings

Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was born in 1863 into russian nobility. Sergey studied both chemistry and painting, which led him to study photochemistry. In his schooling, he learned techniques of color dyes and three- colour photography. The process he used to create the first ever color photographs was developed from using a camera that took series of three monochrome pictures through different filters, and then projecting all three pictures through a correctly cololred light. Through this major development, Sergey was able to document the Russian empire during WW1 and the Russian Revolution.


  1. your blog is exhilarating. i'm so happy that i found it! i absolutely LOVE this post - the colors, the fabrics, the faces, all of it.

  2. best post yet! history wasn't in black and white after all!


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