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Taking the original B&W positives and dititally compositing the Prokudin-Gorskii images reveals a colourful history of the world in the beginning… Read More
Taking the original B&W positives and dititally compositing the Prokudin-Gorskii images reveals a colourful history of the world in the beginning of the 1900's. Read Less
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Colouring the 1900's
Photography of Sergei Mikhaylovich Prokudin-Gorsky (1863 - 1944)
 
This is a collection that I return to every now and then to practice color composition skills and to learn better ways to control tonality and hues. The Prokudin-Gorskii collection is available to everyone on the Library of Congress photo collection
 
The images are originally three separate exposures, taken with three different colour filters. When composited together, you'll get a full-color photograph from the beginning of the 1900. As I composited these frames, I was only interested in getting a colourful composition and I left all the dirt and scratches as they were - it is an easy task to remove it, but the images have a lot more character when left as they now are. 

As you watch these, bare in mind that these were taken a 100 years ago. 
 
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Ostrechiny. Study. [Russian Empire], (1909)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
In Italy, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
On the island of Capri, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
In Little Russia [i.e. Ukraine], (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Three generations. A.P. Kalganov with son and granddaughter.
The last two work in the shops of the Zlatoust plant, (1910)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
 
Andrei Petrov Kalganov (left) is the former master in the plant. Seventy-two years old, he has worked at the plant for fifty-five years. He was fortunate to present bread and salt to His Imperial Majesty, the Sovereign Emperor Nicholas II.
Mugan. Settler's family. Settlement of Grafovka, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Peasant girls. [Russian Empire], (1909)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Dagestani types - a sunni Muslim man wearing traditional dress and headgear,
with a sheathed dagger at his side, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Head study, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Georgian woman, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Kush-Beggi (Minister of the Interior). Bukhara, (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Alim Khan (1880 - 1944), Emir of Bukhara, (1911)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Guardhouse at the thirty-second verst of the Emperor Peter the Great Canal. [Russian Empire], (1909)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
On the Saimaa canal [Finland], (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
On the Saimaa Lake [Finland], (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
Church of Saint John the Precursor on Malyshevaia hill. Staraia Ladoga. [Russian Empire], (1909)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ
On the Karolitskhali River (self portrait, detail), (between 1905 and 1915)
by Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ