|Emir Mir Mohammed Alim Khan 1910|
Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, the man sitting next to the stream was one of the early pioneers of colour photography. It is believed that Russia's first colour portrait was taken by Sergei in 1908, it's a picture of Leo Tolstoy. The Tsar was so impressed that he gave him permission to travel across the Empire, and now 100 years later we can see his results. These beautiful images were bought by the Library of Congress in 1948. Now 100 years after Sergei travelled across Russia his 1,900 photographs have been digitised and brought back to life.
There's a wonderful exhibition at the Library of Congress web site called "The Empire That Was Russia". Go and have a look, see how the photographs were taken.
|Self Portrait of Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky 1910|
|Russian Settlers 1907|
|Prisoners with Guard 1907|