S.M. Prokudin-Gorskii

S.M. Prokudin-Gorskii

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii began his journey to capture all of Russia in color images on behalf of the czar in 1909. Since 1905 the color photography pioneer had planned to systematically document the empire with the color photography technique he had developed in order to give all Russians, particularly schoolchildren, a deeper connection to their country. He petitioned Nicholas II long enough that the czar finally provided him with a specially equipped railroad-car darkroom and the necessary travel permits.

After what would become a six-year photographic expedition, Prokudin-Gorskii fled Russia in 1918 in the aftermath of the October Revolution. After traveling through Norway and England, he settled in Paris, where he died in 1944. The United States Library of Congress purchased his work in 1948, but it was only recently laboriously restored. Both the exhibit and book Nostalgia showcase the resulting wider range of masterpieces of early color photography that are a milestone in Russia’s cultural history.

 

Nostalgia

Exhibition Poster

Available at Gestalten Space Berlin

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Turkestan - "Floodgates at Dam ...

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Caucasus - "Packaging Department. ...
 

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Siberia - "Vetluga Settlement. Tesma ...

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Russia - "Field of Poppies. (near ...

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Turkestan - "Man with Camel Loaded ...

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Siberia - "Bridge across the Katav ...
 

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Turkestan - "Emir of Bukhara in ...

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Caucasus - "Armenian Woman in ...
 

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Siberia - "Night Camp by a Rock on ...

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Russia - "Study near the Por-Porog ...

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Russia - "Site of the Source of the ...

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Caucasus - "Moozo Bamboo. Chakva" ...
 

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Siberia - "Mountain Ash, Ural ...

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Russia - "At Harvest Time. (Russian ...

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Russia - "Peasant Girls" (1909)
 

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Caucasus - "On the Sim River near ...

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Siberia - "Molding of an Artistic ...

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Russia - "Source of the Volga River ...