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Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky

Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky

My wife and I recently visited an exhibition of Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky photographs in the basement area at the Musée Fragonard, Grasse, France. I must admit the coloured photographs amazed me.

During the visit an elderly gentleman (below left) was having his photograph taken beside a photograph and we were told ‘it’s the man in the photograph 60 years ago’. His name is 84 year old Jean Le Parisien Svetchine Clavary grandson of Prokudin-Gorskii and he came to the exhibition to view his grandfather photographs, this must have been a very surreal moment for him.

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The remarkable exhibition is devoted to the work of his grandfather, forty reproductions of tests now owned by the Library of Congress in Washington are on display. It is the fruit of a journey of 1909-1915 through the gigantic empire of Tsar Nicolas II. Images are incredible for the time, striking contrasts of colours, landscapes and missing faces frozen in time.

Russian Sergey Mikhavlovich Prokudin-Gorsky (August 30, 1863 – September 27, 1944) was a pioneer of colour photography, among the first to experience it. With a Degree in chemical engineering, Prokudin-Gorsky became interested in photography since the time of the university, and his work has gained great international recognition, so that even if the Tsar was interested. Around 1905, Prokudin-Gorsky designed an imposing work, called “The splendor of Russia” that was able to achieve thanks to the support of Tsar Nicholas II.

Prokudin-Gorsky wanted to systematically document the beauty empire, to educate school children with his “optical color projections”, showing them the large and diverse history and culture of the country, and the work of modernization in progress. To complete the project, it was given a special railway wagon equipped with darkroom, and a pass required to travel through the vast territory of the empire. Prokudin-Gorsky photographed thousands of subjects  from 1905 until 1915. His photographs offer a vivid portrait of a lost world, the Russian Empire on the eve of the first world war and revolution. His subjects range from medieval churches to monasteries, from railroads and factories of an emerging industrial power, to the daily life and work of Russia’s diverse population.

Below Alim Khan (1880-1944), Emir of Bukhara, 1911

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Russian settlers, perhaps Molokan, Mugan steppe in Azerbaijan, between 1905 and 1915

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Very young Russian peasant in front of the traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the small town of Kirillov, 1909

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