History that time has destroyed. This link shows a series of 34 photographs taken between 1909 and 1912 by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) as part of a project for the Tsar Nicholas II.Â Also shown are people and images from Uzbekistan, Armenia and Georgia.
Using a specialized camera, Prokudin-Gorskii used red, green and blue filters and captured images in quick succession to show near-true color images of the time.
These images date from before the Russian Revolution and these photographs are from the Library of Congress, which purchased the original glass plates in 1948.
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Wonderful music to listen to while looking at the photos.
This photo is not from the series, but is from Wikipedia, representative of contemporary Russia's older architecture. This is the Kremlin as seen from the Kanavino bridge.
Portrait of N P Zhdanovich at the Harpsichord. Pawel Fedotow,(1815-1852) was a military painter noted for his regimental paintings. Fedotow preferred to be a true artist rather than a regimental painter and he allied himself with a socio-democrat group and was persecuted by the military for this. He did not recover from the resulting persecution and died at age 32 in a mental clinic.