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    Russian photos taken 100 years ago look as if they were taken yesterday.

    This is truly amazing, a must for people intrested in history and old design.

    http://photo.newsweek.com/content/ph...1907-1915.html



    The twilight of the empire was a time of transition in Russia. With industrialization, class lines were starting to blur, and dissatisfaction with the tsar was spreading. Capturing the ethos of that moment was Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, whom Tsar Nicholas II had named as the royal photographer during his final decade on the throne.

    Between 1907 and 1915, Prokudin-Gorskii rode through even restricted parts of
    prerevolutionary Russia in his specially fitted darkroom rail car, shooting color photos (a technology still in its infancy) by a method of his own invention. He took three consecutive photographs of his subjects with three separate filters--red, green, and blue--and then combined them into full-color projections, thereby capturing a huge range of architecture, infrastructure, and people.

    After the tsar was murdered in 1918, Prokudin-Gorskii fled Russia with 22 crates of glass plates and eventually settled in France, where he died in 1944. The Library of Congress bought his plates shortly after his death, but it wasn’t until the advent of digital imaging that it could restore them, a process finished in 2001 and exhibited online here: [ur]http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/[/url]

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    @Photo #20: Now that's some good old fashioned oppression.

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    not to sound like on of those people but how do we know for a fact that those photos were taken 100 years ago? I mean that is would be amazing if they were because those things were like hd pics with high res.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Diarum View Post
    not to sound like on of those people but how do we know for a fact that those photos were taken 100 years ago? I mean that is would be amazing if they were because those things were like hd pics with high res.
    Yes I see what you're saying, but I do believe they are the real deal. I don't think these images would be put up on Wikipedia and other sites if they didn't have any kind of reliable source. Plus, these photos might have been touched up a bit in photoshop I believe.


    Here's a process describing how he produced his images, and the camera he used was of his own design - and it doesn't exist any longer so experts can only imagine how it was.

    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/making.html

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    thanks man i really enjoyed looking at these. incredible!

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    amazing pictures thanks for posting!

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    Well that sucks the link is broken. Maybe they found out there were weren't real

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    Nah, they just renamed the page. Here's the new link: Prokudin-Gorskii's Color Photos of Russia, 1907-1915.

    Fascinating photos.

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