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Russia's True Colors

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.
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Obshchīĭ vid g. Chapan-Ata. Samarkand

Obshchīĭ vid g. Chapan-Ata. Samarkand

View of mosque on top of mountain.

Sirenʹ
[Roses]
T︠S︡agverskīĭ istochnik

T︠S︡agverskīĭ istochnik

People at a mineral spring.

Mukhomor
[Turkmenia. Poselok Farab. Zh/d stantsiia]

[Turkmenia. Poselok Farab. Zh/d stantsiia]

Photo shows station on the Chardzhou-Bukhara railroad. Signs on the station building read "FARAB." Farab, a settlement of the urban type, is the center of the Farab region of Chardzhou Province, Turkmenistan, o... more

Torgovet︠s︡ materīi︠a︡mi. Samarkand

Torgovet︠s︡ materīi︠a︡mi. Samarkand

Merchant's display includes silk, cotton, and wool fabrics as well as a few carpets. A framed page of the Koran hangs at the top of the stall.

Pīony
Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Mazar na gori︠e︡ u Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Man seated in grasses next to an ornate mausoleum.

Lugano
Lugano
Nazar Magomet. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Nazar Magomet. Golodnai︠a︡ stepʹ

Man on horseback, posed, next to adobe structure with a dog and another horse nearby.

[Dunes]
Lugano
Kurmy
Novai︠a︡ gostinit︠s︡a. Gagry

Novai︠a︡ gostinit︠s︡a. Gagry

A hotel with chauffeur driven automobile parked in front.

Chapan [i.e. Chaban]. Samarkand

Chapan [i.e. Chaban]. Samarkand

Shepherd posed near a hillside.

Aurocaria [i.e. Araucaria]. V t︠s︡arskom parki︠e︡ Dagomys

Aurocaria [i.e. Araucaria]. V t︠s︡arskom parki︠e︡ Dagomys

Woman with parasol sitting on ground near araucaria.

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Tipy Dagestana

Man and woman posed outdoors.

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