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Produdin-Gorskii Russian Empire Photographs
Photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Produdin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession and then using red, green and blue filters recombined the images to produce color photos that were ahead of their time. The high quality of Gorskii’s pics makes it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time.
The Russian empire was a state that existed from 1721 until the Russian Revolution in 1917. It was the second largest contiguous empire in world history, surpassed only by the Mongol Empire, the third largest empire the British Empire. At one point in 1866, it stretched from eastern Europe, across Asia, and into North America. By the end of the 19th century the size of the empire was about (8,600,000 sq. MI.) or almost 1/6 of the earth’s land mass.
Early Color PhotographsThese are all stunning photos. Quite amazing! No computer, no Photo Shop, no Print Shop, no color film. Interesting photos taken by Russian photographer in late 1800's and early 1900's taken in several countries in color.
He used a three plate camera with black and white film, each film exposed through either a red, green or blue filter, then he printed each film on a single piece of special, color paper through the complementary filters of cyan, magenta and yellow, creating a color image on the paper. A VERY tedious process that produces a color image that will last centuries and the B&W negatives also will last that long for reprinting.