August 31, 2010

"Russia in Color" from the Globe's Big Picture

It's hard to believe these photos were taken about a hundred years ago! Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii created them during a photographic survey of Russia, supported by Tsar Nicholas II, from 1909 to 1912.

He had a special camera that rapidly took three black and white images using red, green, and blue filters (one filter per photograph). The images were later combined into one, and projected with a filtered lantern to create near true-to-life color photos. Pretty amazing for that era, don't you think? The original glass plates
are now owned by the Library of Congress.

See more of these stunning photographs here.

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