Turn-of-Century Russia in Color | Arts & Ideas | The Moscow Times
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In the “Russian Empire in Color” exhibition at the Photo Center
, photographs by Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky
reveal the churches, landscapes and inhabitants of the late Russian Empire in brilliant whites, sharp blues and rich purples.
A famous photographer, inventor and chemist, Prokudin-Gorsky invented a three-color method of photography with German scientist Adolf Miethe that projected monochrome negatives with red, green and blue light to achieve the illusion of color. Their announcement of the method’s success in 1902 marked the formal beginning of color photography.
In 1909, Prokudin-Gorsky won a commission from Tsar Nicholas II, a photography buff, to travel across Russia, documenting its people and places with his new technology. For his expeditions, the tsar granted Prokudin-Gorsky a steamship