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In those years, photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) undertook a photographic survey of the Russian Empire with the support of Tsar Nicholas II. He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images. The high quality of the images, combined with the bright colors, make it difficult for viewers to believe that they are looking 100 years back in time - when these photographs were taken, neither the Russian Revolution nor World War I had yet begun.
Self-portrait on the Karolitskhali River, ca. 1910. Prokudin-Gorskii in suit and hat, seated on rock beside the Karolitskhali River, in the Caucasus Mountains near the seaport of Batumi on the eastern coast of the Black Sea.
A chapel sits on the site where the city of Belozersk was founded in ancient times, photographed in 1909.
General view of the Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911.
Originally posted by watchZEITGEISTnow
...now if only NASA would now do this to their Moon photos...
He used a specialized camera to capture three black and white images in fairly quick succession, using red, green and blue filters, allowing them to later be recombined and projected with filtered lanterns to show near true color images.
Originally posted by Droogie
You mention some interesting points, which deepens the appreciation for these pictures. It's fascinating how they are preserved so well, and I wasn't aware of such high quality pictures being available even in the 30's or 40's. That's due to my own ignorance though.