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Discussions about Russian History => Their World and Culture => Topic started by: Duchess_Scarlett on August 02, 2005, 04:07:34 PM

Title: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Duchess_Scarlett on August 02, 2005, 04:07:34 PM
These pictures were taken by Prokudin-Gorskii, are any of these royalty?

(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/1-500/aligned-00193v.jpg)

(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/1-500/aligned-00194v.jpg)

That kind of looks like Nicholas and Alexandra.

(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/501-1000/aligned-00542v.jpg)

(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/1501-1902/aligned-01532v.jpg)

Scarlett
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alicky1872 on August 02, 2005, 06:06:03 PM
Can someone tell me more about this photographer? I agree, these pictures do look modern..however, in my humble opinion,

1. Looks like Queen Alexandra
2. I am amazed at how much this woman resembles Princess Ingeborg of Denmark/Sweden!
3. The man is not right for Nicky, and the woman too short for Alix.
4. No idea!

Can't get over picture number 2...where did you find these pictures?

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Margarita Markovna on August 02, 2005, 06:09:26 PM
Yea where did they come from?
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: hikaru on August 03, 2005, 02:28:19 AM
He is very famous photographer of the beginning of the 20th century. He was a war photographer too.
His photos of Russo-Japanese war are well known.

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: bluetoria on August 03, 2005, 04:37:36 AM
I think the first one looks very like Toria of Wales.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Sian_Turner on August 03, 2005, 07:05:32 AM
Sergie Prokudin-Gorskii was the first known photographer to use a system which produced coloured photographs.  These have not been coloured in later.   The system he used meant that he took the same photograph 3 times, once with a red plate, once with a blue plate and once with a yellow plate.  When these were put together you got a colour photograph.

I'm not sure these are photos of the imperial family, I know for sure that the third one is not, it is of a middle class family.  I have a book of these photos and they are truly stunning.

Prokudin-Gorskii was invited to the Alexander Palace to show his slides to the Imperial Family who were apparently bowled over by them. He left Russia after the revolution and I fear that most of his plates were left behind.  He took some with him to Paris and these have been published.  Whether he took any of the Imperial Family I don't know but if he did I fear these have been lost to us.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Margarita Markovna on August 03, 2005, 07:50:46 AM
There was a thread about him and whether or not there are any photos of the IF in color. I think the general consensus was that there weren't any.  :(
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: grandduchessella on August 03, 2005, 10:08:38 AM
Here's some info about him with some of his (non-royal) colored photos so you can compare:

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

The 3rd photo Dss_S posted looks like it could be from there given the background, also the 4th.

Also here:

http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0105/russia.html

While he attracted the attention of royals (and NII commissioned him to travel Russia photographing the country) it doesn't seem that he photographed any member of the imperial family or their relatives.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: grandduchessella on August 03, 2005, 10:17:28 AM
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(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/501-1000/aligned-00542v.jpg)


(Sorry about the quoting)
Study of Three Generations, Zlatoust
A. P. Kalganov poses with his son and granddaughter for a portrait in the industrial town of Zlatoust in the Ural Mountain region of Russia. The son and granddaughter are employed at the Zlatoust Arms Plant--a major supplier of armaments to the Russian military since the early 1800s. Kalganov displays traditional Russian dress and beard styles, while the two younger generations have more Westernized, modern dress and hair styles
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: grandduchessella on August 03, 2005, 10:18:17 AM
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(http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~dellaert/aligned/1501-1902/aligned-01532v.jpg)



Cotton Field in Sukhumi Botanical Garden
The moderate, Mediterranean-like climate of the Black Sea region allowed cultivation of crops that would not grow in most parts of the empire, such as tea and cotton. Sukhumi, on the east coast of the Black Sea in what is now the northwestern part of the Republic of Georgia, had an important botanical garden and experimentation station. Shown here is a stand of cotton plants at the Sukhumi Botanical Gardens.

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Baby Tsarevich on August 04, 2005, 08:36:48 PM
Prokudin-Gorskii did take pictures of the Imperial Family, but I don't know exactly what happend to them. He also took with him when he left Russia a photograph that he took of the Tsarevich!

~Anastacia~
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: jackie3 on August 04, 2005, 10:58:48 PM
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The system he used meant that he took the same photograph 3 times, once with a red plate, once with a blue plate and once with a yellow plate.  When these were put together you got a colour photograph.


He was waaay ahead of his time then. This was the same 3-color system Technicolor patented and made famous in the movies starting in the 1930s (although Technicolor had developed a 2-color system in the 1920s which was used in the original Ben-Hur). Ironically the Soviet/Russian film studios did all their work in black and white even into Stalin's age mainly because they could not AFFORD color like Hollywood. The Soviets only used color after WWII mainly because they stole the color film process that the Germans had perfected (which had a name which I forget) which unlike Technicolor did not use the three different film/color process but one strip of film. I say stole because the Germans had patented it before the war but the Soviets took the method with them when they took Berlin in the fall of the Nazis, without payment. The German system became Sovcolor in the Soviet Union, Eastman Color in the US, and FujiColor in Japan and is the basis of all motion picture film stock today because it is cheaper to make, to film, to develop than Technicolor (what had to use a giant camera so they could film the same scene with three different strips of film).

Ironically now all these years later it turns out the films using Eastman Color (from Hollywood starting in the 50s) are fading and in need of constant restoration. While the Technicolor three-plate/film process shows little sign of fading (just look at the crispness Wizard of Oz and Gone with the Wind). This could explain partly why Prokudin-Gorskii's pictures with their saturated 3-color style still look so vibrant 100+ years later.

Back to topic - I think we discussed Prokudin-Gorskii's color pictures of the IF of the family in a previous thread. How wonderful it would be if they still exist somewhere.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Paul on August 18, 2005, 05:42:25 AM
This thread may not last very long, but what the heck?

The Romanovs seem to have embraced the medium with an enthusiasm unmatched by most other royal families.
Off hand, does anyone know when the first photos were taken of the Romanovs? Who was the subject of the first photo? Actual sovereign couples aside, what Romanov might've been most photographed?
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: grandduchessella on August 18, 2005, 07:46:03 AM
Off hand I would say that perhaps Victoria Melita was the most photographed? As a granddaughter of QV, daughter of a reigning Duke (at least after 1892-3), sister of a flamboyant and popular Queen (Missy), wife of a reigning Grand Duke (Hesse), caught in a scandalous divorce and remarriage and then marriage to a Russian Grand Duke (and posing in the appropriate jewels afterwards) and then having her husband declare himself the de facto Emperor she had quite a lot of publicity.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Forum Admin on August 18, 2005, 09:34:05 AM
The first original photos that we know of are of Alexander II.  The first first photograph ever taken was in 1838 (aside: I've seen it personally, it is here in the collection of the Ransom Center at the Univ. of Texas). So, the first photos in Petersburg were probably sometime in the 1845 period or so.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: AlexP on August 18, 2005, 09:55:32 AM
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The first original photos that we know of are of Alexander II.  The first first photograph ever taken was in 1838 (aside: I've seen it personally, it is here in the collection of the Ransom Center at the Univ. of Texas). So, the first photos in Petersburg were probably sometime in the 1845 period or so.


Rob,

My memory fails me here almost completely so please help.

Nicholas and Alexander did have a private photographer that they used in Petersburg very regularly who made all of their little snapshots, so to speak, those cardboard-backed things that they sent out to their friends.

He has a German last name, that I remember for sure, and he was in downtown Petersburg, not in Tsarkoe Selo.  Perhaps this is somewhere here on the Board, I don't know.  His little paperbacked-cardboard things used to say "such and such, Photographers to His Sovereign Majesty etc."

Can anyone help me here?

Regards,

A.A.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Lyss on August 18, 2005, 11:30:07 AM
"The majority of the Tsarist Chronicles appeared due to the efforts of His Majesty's Photographer Aleksandr Karlovich Iagelskii (d. 1916), co-owner of the firm "C. E. de Hahn" (rendered in Russian, "K. E. von Gun"), which in 1887 had received virtually exclusive rights to photograph the tsar, his family, and the imperial court"

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Forum Admin on August 18, 2005, 11:40:57 AM
There were actually two "official Imperial" photographers. Carl Hahn was the  more "personal" one who photographed official pictures of the IF's visits, comings, goings, etc. Boissonas & Eggler were the official photographers of the portraits of the IF. Before Nicholas II, the court photographer was Levitsky.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: AlexP on August 18, 2005, 12:33:03 PM
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There were actually two "official Imperial" photographers. Carl Hahn was the  more "personal" one who photographed official pictures of the IF's visits, comings, goings, etc. Boissonas & Eggler were the official photographers of the portraits of the IF. Before Nicholas II, the court photographer was Levitsky.


Yes, I think I was referring to Carl Hahn but correct me if I am wrong.  I have seen all of these little miniatures that would be signed by the IF and on the back there was this German name.  Thank you.

Do you have one of these with his address on the book?

Hikaru, Belochka, perhaps Macedonsky, do you know what his address in Piter used to be?

Thanks all.

With the best from Shanghai,


A.A.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: hikaru on August 18, 2005, 01:59:05 PM
The first photographer of Alexandr II , I suppose, was Levitsky.
Hahn had several atelier, one of them was in the Tsarskoe Selo.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Forum Admin on August 18, 2005, 02:15:17 PM
Also, Bergamasco was an Imperial Court photographer, whose studio was bought by Boissonas & Eggler.  C.C. Bulla was also an Imperial Warrented Court photographer, again mostly of public appearances.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Belochka on August 18, 2005, 11:11:24 PM
The first daugerotype photograph in Imperial Russia was produced in 1841 by Iossif Veningera.

His first atel'ier was situated on Bolshaya Morskaya Ulitsa, No 12.

Images of St. Petersburg exist in the Hermitage collection dating from 1841.

Sergei  L'vovich Levitsky first obtained his camera in 1843.

In 1850 he opened his own store bearing the name Svetopis' on Kazanskaya Ulitsa, No 3. He was attributed to be the best photographer in St. P, and was awarded a Gold Medal at a Paris Exhibition for his efforts.

[Peterburburgskii Al'bom, 2002, p 9]

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Belochka on August 18, 2005, 11:53:54 PM
I forgot to mention:

- shortly after the first innovative French daugerotype came into existence in 1839, it was Moscow that captured the first apparatus in Imperial Russia, in November, 1939. The store dedicated to artistic products was located on Kuznetski Most, and was operated by A. Bekkers.

Alex,

I shall try to locate the von Gan address for you  if I can ....  :)
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Belochka on August 19, 2005, 01:37:30 AM
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Do you have one of these with his address on the book?

Hikaru, Belochka, perhaps Macedonsky, do you know what his address in Piter used to be?


Hi Alex,

My Russian sources state that von Gan had his photographic studio in Moscow.  :)
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: hikaru on August 19, 2005, 06:47:55 AM
There was a Photoatelie and Film making atelia called "K.E. von Gan and Co." which was located in the Tsarskoe Selo. Gan had an exclusive right to make a films (documental) about Nicholas and all Romanov Family. Since 1900, they regularly made  documental films about the Family)
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Belochka on August 19, 2005, 07:44:36 AM
The Photographic Society however does list Moscow as von Gan's principle location.

Just as Karl Bulla had a number of locations in St. P, the same situation must have prevailed for von Gan.

It certainly makes perfect sense that he was also based in Tsarskoe Selo.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: russianlover76 on August 30, 2005, 07:43:11 PM
Is Gozdiff is related to the Romanovs? Ihave a friend whose have that last name
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Melville on December 06, 2005, 05:13:59 PM
Early colour foto experimenter. Nicolas II had P-G tour Russia photographing Samrkand, Siberia, all over. The Tsar gave him his own train car for a darkroom!

The Church of the Resurrection in St. Petersburg, in close to the original color:

http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/ppmsc/03900/03947v.jpg

Search page for the whole collection:

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokquery.html

subject index for the whole collection

http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokhtml/proksubjindex1.html

"Home of the Romanovs in the Ipatevskii Monastery (from the left side). [Kostroma]"

http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/prok/02400/02485v.jpg

Home of the Romanovs in the Ipatevskii Monastery (from the right side). [Kostroma]
http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/prok/02400/02484v.jpg

Can't find any fotos of the Imperial Family, but here is one of his fotos of this notable person--Leo Tolstoi!!

http://memory.loc.gov/pnp/prok/01900/01970v.jpg
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Mie on February 06, 2006, 12:38:59 PM
This is kinda silly and stupid question but I ask it anyway...  :-[  :) 'Couse IF did have formal photos of themselfes were they actually use in anywhere? I mean like they print it on a newspaper *a new imperialfamily photo* or did they send them to their relatives and familiar peoples...  ??? ??? Like mening of: "Here is my daughter Maria, isn't she beautifull, now will you marry her".. ;D :D :-[

Since I guess there was an hapit to peasants to have their tsar's photo on their wall(at least in Finland had that habit...)did they had also the tsarevitsh photo...  ???  .. ... . .
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Sarushka on February 09, 2006, 10:26:45 PM
Yes, the the formal photos were taken for both public and private use. NAOTMAA often signed and sent them to family members -- some formal photos from the collection of Irene of Prussia appear in The Jewel Album of Nicholas II. Others were framed and displayed in their private rooms. Alix had dozens in her Mauve Room, and Nicholas's desk was also littered with them. OTMA even took some into exile and pinned them to their bedroom wall in Tobolsk. If you look carefully, you can see formal photos on the walls and shelves in vintage photographs of the Alexander Palace.

I'm sure the photos were also used for publicity worldwide -- in newspapers, announcements, commemerative booklets, etc.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Rachael89 on July 07, 2006, 05:49:49 AM
Hi everyone

I was looking up about Colour photography and found that it was intorduced in Russia much earlier than I thought. I found this interesting article on Wikipedia:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sergei_Mikhailovich_Prokudin-Gorskii

and it seems that this man was comissioned to take colour photos of Russia from the times of 1905 to 1915 by Tsar Nicholas himself! I find it curious that although he took photographs of the ordinary people and buildings in Russia, there is no documentation of any being taken of the IF.

Does anyone know any possible reasons why no colour photographs of the IF were taken? Especially considering the technology existed.

I look forward to your replies!

Best

Rachael
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Sarushka on July 07, 2006, 07:18:59 AM
A book of Prokudin-Gorskii's color photos was printed in 1980. It's called Photographs For the Tsar (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0803769962/sr=8-1/qid=1152274635/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-6189866-0015855?ie=UTF8).
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Olga Maria on June 30, 2009, 01:25:06 AM
One thing I feel remorse for is that they haven't thought of using that technology on taking photographs although it already existed on the 18th century!
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on June 30, 2009, 09:21:37 AM
Actually - I have read that there were photos taken of the Imperial Family.

However, when Prokudin-Gorskii escaped Russia during the revolution, he only took as many glass plates as he could.  There is rumored to be one of the Alexei still in existence.  (The plate not the photo)  I think he is said to have hidden the ones he couldn't carry.  But no one has found them yet.  The could still be hidden, or they could have been broken or used for another purpose.

Because Nicholas II was so interested in new technology, I can't imagine that he would not have had photos taken of his family.

In a similar story, the glass plates belonging to Matthew Brady and other photographers of the American civil war were found to have been used to build green houses.  Either those who found them didn't know what they were or just didn't care.  Building a green house was more important to them than saving glass plates of photographs.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Forum Admin on June 30, 2009, 09:31:22 AM
This has been discussed in another thread about P-G.  He did in fact take color photographs of the Imperial Family.  The plates were left behind in Russia and may or may not have survived, no one knows.  The problem with his process was that it took three separate plates for one photo...

There are more P-G phots than just the commission for the Tsar.  If you search his name in the forum, you will see several I posted from a book we have containing his original color photos from the 1913 Koustar Arts Exhibit in St. Petersburg sponsored by Empress Alexandra Feodorovna, published in 1914...

Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on June 30, 2009, 01:47:31 PM
When I started to moderate this sub forum and I saw the few pictures that were posted here, I didn't make any connection to P-G.  I don't know why since I have the book Photographs For The Tsar.

When I remembered, I wanted to be sure that others at least knew about P-G.

I knew there were probably other threads and information about this photographic genius, but I left this thread here so that those who might not look under, say the books thread, would still find it.

The book I have is indescribable in its beauty.

Maybe someday the color plates for the photos of the Imperial Family will surface.  FA is right about it taking three different color plates to get the beautiful finished product.  All three of those plates would have to be found to get the kind of pictures that we would all like to see.

It may be impossible unless there is a cache of them buried somewhere or hidden in an attic that hasn't been searched in the last 100 years.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Father Gregory on September 03, 2009, 04:33:40 PM
More photos released today from Library of Congress from Prokudin-Gorskii.

http://www.newsweek.com/id/214585
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on September 03, 2009, 09:55:37 PM
Why are the photos not in color?  This is the whole point. Am I missing something?
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Father Gregory on September 04, 2009, 03:02:16 PM
Why are the photos not in color?  This is the whole point. Am I missing something?
If you click on the link to Newsweek, they are all in color.  The entire collection has been available for a few years now (http://lcweb2.loc.gov/pp/prokhtml/proksubjindex1.html), but I think the ones on the Newsweek site were recently digitally restored.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on September 04, 2009, 05:53:12 PM
This time it worked.  I have the book and have always been impressed by the photographs.

It is odd to see these things in color.  It is so easy to think of the past as being lived in black and white.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Olga Maria on September 17, 2009, 11:20:51 PM
Thanks for the link, Father Gregory. The pictures taken before are as vivid as the ones taken today (so beautiful). I still hope the Russian archives will release a colored photo of NAOTMAA.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Father Gregory on September 22, 2009, 01:05:23 AM
I have the book and have always been impressed by the photographs.


What particular book are you referring to?  I would love to get a good publication with these color photos.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on September 22, 2009, 10:17:16 AM
Photographs for the Tsar  The pioneering color photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
    commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II

Edited with an introduction by Robert H Allshouse
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Forum Admin on September 22, 2009, 11:28:14 AM
Thanks for the link, Father Gregory. The pictures taken before are as vivid as the ones taken today (so beautiful). I still hope the Russian archives will release a colored photo of NAOTMAA.

Nobody knows where or even if the P-G plates of the Imperial Family still exist.  Given the destruction of such image in the Bolshevik and Soviet eras, there is a good chance they did not survive.  Somebody 'may' have hidden them, but nobody knows. Plus each image requires three separate plates, so the chances of all surviving intact is rather small...


Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Father Gregory on September 22, 2009, 02:57:26 PM
Photographs for the Tsar  The pioneering color photography of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii
    commissioned by Tsar Nicholas II

Edited with an introduction by Robert H Allshouse
Thanks.  I could not find a new book, but I ordered a used one for $8.99.  Hopefully, the photographs are in good condition, but for the money its worth a try.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on September 23, 2009, 10:49:49 AM
You are very lucky to find one for such a low price.  I can't remember what I paid, but I know it was a lot more than that.

I am sure you will be amazed.  I couldn't believe that I was seeing 100 year old photos in color.
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: CorisCapnSkip on August 22, 2010, 11:15:45 PM
Wonder if the photographer ever portrayed the Imperial Family?  
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Carolath Habsburg on August 23, 2010, 07:02:05 AM
http://forum.alexanderpalace.org/index.php?topic=434.0
Title: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Lucien on August 27, 2010, 06:23:11 PM
Here's some info about him with some of his (non-royal) colored photos so you can compare:

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

The 3rd photo Dss_S posted looks like it could be from there given the background, also the 4th.

Also here:

http://www.loc.gov/loc/lcib/0105/russia.html

While he attracted the attention of royals (and NII commissioned him to travel Russia photographing the country) it doesn't seem that he photographed any member of the imperial family or their relatives.

Delving always pays off,look....Beautifull how he captivated the time and people:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/08/russia_in_color_a_century_ago.html
Title: Re: Vintage Photos Taken by Prokudin-Gorskii - First to Photograph in Color
Post by: Alixz on August 28, 2010, 10:50:21 AM
It is so easy to see why Russians loved their country and its natural beauty.  The colors in the clothing is so impressive.  The past in black and white always looks so depressing but looking at all of this beauty (which of course was always there, we just couldn't see it before) allows us to know that though the may have had little compared to those of the aristocracy, these people had so very much to love and live for.

I have one of the books and I always feel as if the photos in it must have been taken yesterday not over 100 years ago.

Prokudin-Gorskii was brilliant!