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 in 1948.

at first i contemplated cropping the frames, but then decided they kind of add to the beauty of these.

all images courtesy of the library of congress


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11 Responses to Prokudin-Gorskii Collection

  1. Caitlin Rose Wednesday 9 March, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

    these photos are beautiful. Russia seems like such a mysterious place.

  2. Jan Wednesday 9 March, 2011 at 8:18 pm #

    Another winning post from you Miss Moss!

  3. Francine Thursday 10 March, 2011 at 7:27 am #

    So eerily beautiful.

  4. Rachel Thursday 10 March, 2011 at 9:26 am #

    These hurt my eyes but are ever so endearing.

  5. sara Thursday 10 March, 2011 at 1:54 pm #

    i hadn’t seen these images with the color bands … you’re right, they make this look more Austin Powers than dreary Russia!

  6. Jessica RC Friday 11 March, 2011 at 6:40 pm #

    These are incredible. I don’t think I’d like them as much without the color bands. I might have to print a few out…

  7. Irene Saturday 12 March, 2011 at 12:41 am #

    I love these. I’m Russian and my great grand parents lived in Russian villages at the same time this were taken. It’s a really nice link with that past. Thank you.

  8. Michelle Sunday 13 March, 2011 at 7:06 am #

    I love how the vibrant colours remind me of stained glass windows, and hint at an mysterious deeper meaning…..

  9. Eva / Sycamore Street Press Sunday 13 March, 2011 at 6:52 pm #

    Such beautiful images…. my husband lived in Russia for a couple of years and I love looking t his photos from that time.

  10. Jay Panelo Sunday 8 May, 2011 at 8:48 am #

    beautiful work indeed.


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