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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.
The online collection presents Prokudin-Gorskii's
vision and legacy in several image
Information about obtaining copies is available through the "How to Order" link near the top of each catalog record.
Images displayed at the top: 1) Vid na monastyr' ot Svietlitsy (View of the monastery from Svetlitsa). Detail. LC-DIG-prokc-21114. 2) Bashkirka v natsi¯onal'nom kostiumie (Bashkir woman in a folk costume). Detail. LC-DIG-prokc-20657.
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( October 27, 2004 )