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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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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.

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.

[Roses]
[Dunes]
Lugano
T︠S︡agverskīĭ istochnik

T︠S︡agverskīĭ istochnik

People at a mineral spring.

Glavnyĭ vkhod v mechetʹ Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Glavnyĭ vkhod v mechetʹ Shakh-Zinde. Samarkand

Men seated on steps under archway.

[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
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Sunni Muslim man wearing traditional dress and headgear, with a sheathed dagger at his side.

Kavkaz. Gruzin - torgovet︠s︡ pomidorami

Kavkaz. Gruzin - torgovet︠s︡ pomidorami

A man holding a basket of tomatoes.

Ekaterininskīĭ istochnik. Borzhom

Ekaterininskīĭ istochnik. Borzhom

People standing near Ekaterinin, or Catherine's, Spring at a spa in Borzhom.

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Tipy Dagestana

Man and woman posed outdoors.

Sartskīĭ dom. Samarkand

Sartskīĭ dom. Samarkand

Two people posed by an adobe wall, in front of a Sart house.