Friday, September 04, 2009

The Empire That Was Russia: 100 Year Old Photos of the Russian Empire

This Labor Day weekend Catholicgauze will be taking it easy and will return on Tuesday. Many readers will be traveling somewhere to celebrate labor and the last holiday of the summer. One place that can be visited this weekend is the long dead Russian Empire via Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii's color photographs. The Library of Congress has the complete collection of photographs online in English and Russian websites.

The collection can be searched through or one can browse through various themes like buildings or ethnic diversity. Each photograph says a thousand words so be sure to think about what the image shows, what the backstory for the people and/or place is, and what eventually happened to them.

These photographs remind me greatly of National Geographic's golden era work.

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