Russia in color, 100 years ago

Big Picture has yet another amazing collection of photographs.  This time it consists of color pictures of Russia, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and a few other areas a whole century ago.  Some of these images are beautiful.  Like this picture of Nikolaevskii Cathedral from southwest in Mozhaisk in 1911.

When I see things like this, it often makes me think about the church and how it abuses and explores the poor people.  It’s not only now, it must have always been like this.

Or here is another picture. Pinkhus Karlinskii, eighty-four years old with sixty-six years of service.  Photo taken in 1909.

Just think about it! It’s not a painting, but a photograph, and a colored one at that, of someone who was born around 1825!  Almost two centuries ago.  Wow!

3 thoughts on “Russia in color, 100 years ago”


  1. > just think about it! It’s not a painting, but a photograph, and a colored one at that, of someone who was born around 1825!

    yeah its just amazing!

    some of the comments in that page are interesting as well like
    ———--
    You don’t see:

    -- a single sign or other text, i.e. no public advertising
    -- paved roads
    -- anything made of plastic
    -- electric wires or telephone wires
    -- automobile

    It’s not that long ago, and how the world has changed. Has there ever been a 100 year period with comparable shifts in technology and culture?
    Posted by Paul Downs August 20, 2010 08:17 PM
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    …I also had the thought, while viewing them, of how short life really is.
    Makes you wonder what kind of footprint and memory each of us will leave behind to be viewed in the distant future.
    Posted by Ken August 20, 2010 07:55 PM
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    Makes you wonder how primitive we appear to be to our future generations a hundred years from now.
    Posted by Ernest August 20, 2010 07:43 PM
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    The subjects were so much more careful because of the process, and I love the way moving miners in #19 show the layers (the guy on the right of the photo had his arm up to his face in the red filter).
    Posted by Phoenixbeak August 20, 2010 01:21 PM
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    here’s how it was done… you are looking at digitally rendered images:
    http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/empire/making.html
    Posted by rplmiami August 20, 2010 10:20 PM
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  2. Several have noted lack of smiles…

    My guess is that it must’ve been because the photography process was so elaborate that the photographer could not afford or did not want to risk trying out candid pictures, so had to carefully arrange each photo. So there wasn’t much scope for smiling! :) Well definitely better than fake smiles! :) Hmm usually the best way I usually get kids to smile for a photo is to warn them not to smile ;)

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