Saturday, August 28, 2010

Russia in color.

Check out these color images from Russia. They were taken between the years of 1909 - 1912 by the photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. Obviously, this was way before the invention of color film so they were actually done by taking three black and white photographs in quick succession using red, blue, and green filters. Afterwards the three images were recombined and projected using a lantern allowing almost true to life color images. If you look close enough at some of the images you can see where the filters don't quite line up because of the slight movements that were made in between each shot. It is amazing how familiar and recent the color makes them feel even though they were taken over a century ago.

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