Skip to comments.Land of the Tzars in colour: Fascinating photographs show the people..of pre-revolutionary Russia
Posted on 03/05/2014 5:26:40 AM PST by C19fan
Amazing photographs, captured in vivid colour, show life in Russia in the early 1900s as the country stood on the brink of the First World War - and revolution. Photographer Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky was one of the nations leading photographers at the beginning of the Twentieth Century. He was commissioned to capture a photographic record of Russia after the monarch saw his colour portrait of Leo Tolstoy. The portrait of Tolstoy, taken in 1908, just two years before the author's death, was Prokudin-Gorsky's most famous work and became widely popular and was reproduced on postcards, large prints and in various publications.
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Shining city-ski on a hill?
This picture perfectly illustrates the power of the church in the feudal times. Great, colorful buildings set on hills surrounded by colorless shacks. Imagine the effect, the intended effect on the mind.
Also the plate of the mud road going through the forest. That road would be impassable with any moisture. Hitler should have looked at that. He may have thought twice about Badbarossa.
WELL worth clicking.
Those are Wonderful!
Twice a year those roads would become nothing but mud during the rainy seasons. That is what first stopped the Wehrmacht and forced it to wait until it froze to launch the attack that was suppose to take Moscow.
Magnificent photos. They certainly lend a different aspect to life in those times, compared to the black and white photos that we normally see.
The photographer never strayed far from the railroad. So we are seeing the most developed parts of Russia.
Thanks for the photo’s ,
wow! Thanks for posting!
Beautiful photos. The most interesting one to me was the wealthy woman standing on her beautiful carpet.
The Czar and the Church are Byzantine. The Czar was the true head of the church and defender. The Byzantine Emperor was Christs Vicar on earth. The Patriarch serves at the pleasure of the Czar. But of course intrigues between the Czar and the Patriarch were common.
The architecture of the churches, the dome, was meant to centralize power. The dome represented a portal to heaven and a portal to God, accessed through the church, and vicariously through the Czar, and the Patriarch and the priesthood. Very hierarchical. Even a mans relationship to God was only through the feudal system. Much the same way as the Catholic Church doles out God’s patronage. (zips up flame suit, puts on hood, pulls draw string tight over face, assumes the fetal position).
That's a man, baby!
This is a carefully composed photo...the bench, the rug, the nice background. I just don’t quite understand the bundle of straw.
The one with the jewelry looks like John Candy with a hangover.
Come to think of it, maybe I understand why vodka is so popular with the men over there.
I would like to thank my great-grandfather, Isaac, and my great-grandmother, Anya for leaving Kiev, Ukraine (just got out in the nick of time) during the end of the revolution in 1923. Their daughter, my grandmother, taught us to thank G-d everyday for being US citizens. She taught us to serve. Almost all the the family are involved in the local government or schools in the towns we live in.
My grandmother had an old suitcase of family photos from that time. No one looked happy in in the photos.
My grandmother came to the US at age 5 and was sent to kindergarten (yes, she spoke Russian) to be immersed in English....that’s a discussion for another thread.
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