100 year old Russian colour pictures.

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by bilzmale, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
    Bill Shinnick
    These were published a few months back in the Boston Globe so some of you may have seen them. I find them quite amazing given the time they were taken. There's even a shot of Tbilisi where olli is based in Georgia.

    Boston Globe:
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  2. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
    Wow, I'm only on the first picture...! I did not see these before, Bill - thank you so much for the link!
  3. Luke

    Luke Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Nov 11, 2011
    Milwaukee, WI USA
    wow, wow and whoah! cool...thanks for the link.
  4. Armanius

    Armanius Bring Jack back!

    Jan 11, 2011
    Houston, Texas
    Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed the photos.

    The photos are almost surreal. They almost look like people from today dressed up in historical garbs. I think of early 1900's Russia, and the various circumstances (that began before the 1900's) there that eventually led to the events in 1917. Gotta wonder how these folks were affected by it, and if they even saw it coming.
  5. Briar

    Briar Hall of Famer

    Oct 27, 2010
    I'm so accustomed to seeing photographs of that time in black and white, it kind of startled me to see colour. With colour these people seem to be transported from the past into the present. Quite wonderful.
  6. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Thanks Bill. Incredible images and I see that Tbilisi hasn't changed that much. I think I now have to make it my next challenge to visit the St David Church and take the same picture and post it here for comparison.
  7. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    that would be fab olli!

    i remember seeing these somewhere before and having that jaw-dropping feeling ...they really are extraordinary in lots of different ways ... but I had forgotten all about them.

    Mind you, I reckon Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii was working with an early version of the Foveon ...
  8. krugorg

    krugorg All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Very interesting subjects and I was just floored by how good the details and color were on some of these.

    Thanks for sharing!
  9. stratokaster

    stratokaster Top Veteran Subscribing Member

    Dec 27, 2010
    Kiev, Ukraine
    Yes, Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky did a very fine job with those photos.

    They are indeed very surreal. Having lived in various parts of the former Russian Empire for all my life, I can say that nothing changed... and yet everything DID change at the same time. For example, the picture number 4 could be taken yesterday. Sometimes it's hard to guess what century it is, but the country is immediately identifiable.
  10. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    Just finally finished reading Freeman's latest book and discovered near the end of the book in the section on colour photography a reproduction from one of this series, specifically number 28, The Emir of Bukhara.
  11. wow

    As others have said, pretty amazing for 100 years ago.

    Bet ya they did not have auto focus.
  12. Biro

    Biro Super Moderator

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jersey Shore
    I saw those photos when they were first published in the Globe. As much as I love black and white photography, there is so much more information in those color images, isn't there? All of a sudden, one can imagine so much more about what the world looked like 100 years ago. What a treat.
  13. nippa

    nippa Top Veteran

    Aug 7, 2010
    Cheshire UK
    Thanks for the link
  14. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Michael Freeman? Which one? Worth buying?
  15. olli

    olli Super Moderator Emeritus

    Sep 28, 2010
    Metro Manila
    His new one, The Photographer's Vision. Is it worth buying? I think so. I did a short review of it on my blog.
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  16. pdh

    pdh Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    thanks olli - i found that review of yours just as you posted this!
    i got a little waterstone's voucher from my team when i left work recently, and it'll pay for this nicely.
  17. Luckypenguin

    Luckypenguin Hall of Famer

    Dec 24, 2010
    Brisbane, Australia
    Amazing. Shows the value of photographs as a historical record.
  18. Hauki

    Hauki Regular

    Dec 2, 2011
    Somerset, England
    thanks for the link
  19. jazzle

    jazzle Regular

    Oct 14, 2011
    photographs with historical value are best. Rare find. Thanks for posting.
  20. grebeman

    grebeman Old Codgers Group

    Fantastic, it's been said before but those are just jaw dropping. The colour is just so believable, indeed I would guess pretty spot on with the Emir of Bukhara taking first spot for the rendition of his fabulous cloak, the greens in the landscapes seem just right as well.

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