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June 07, 2006

The empire that was in colour

The biggest surprise for first time time-travellers is discovering everything is still in colour. Blindingly obvious if you think about it but a jarring experience nonetheless. That and the funny shoes. Florida Cracker links to an exhibit of the work of Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii. Extraordinary, clever stuff (via INDC Journal).

The Library of Congress has an online exhibit of the glorious, mindblowing work of color photography pioneer Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii. Made during a photographic survey of the Russian Empire for Tsar Nicholas II, these photos from a hundred years ago leap off the page with their brilliance. Using a camera of his own design, he would take three shots of the subject using red, green, and blue filters. It's breathtaking work from a bygone era.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 7, 2006 10:34 AM