Prokudin-Gorsky photography

Excellent post. Beautiful images. I was surprised to see that elements of some of them (including those in the video) look very much like what is in paintings from the period (e.g. Rodin’s ‘Red-headed girl with Parasol’, Monet’s ‘Woman with a Parasol’ [1875, cf. the post-1902 photo by Adolf Miethe]; I think also of a grainy black and white image [in the video] taken in 1846, on display in Texas, that is very reminiscent of early Cubism [specifically, paintings by Braque of L’Estaque] and an early black and white photo I have seen of L’Estaque, and of another which is very reminiscent of Cézanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire paintings). I wonder if there might have been any cross-influences between these photos and paintings or vice-versa?

I hope to be remembered for my atrocities!



Signal tower in the village of Burkovo

These are actually not colorized photographs, they’re color photographs by a man named Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky. He’s a Russian who really pioneered in, and made the field of color photography something worth funding. He was given funding by Tsar Nicholas II to take 2 trips through Russia photographing everything that came to mind. He went on 2 trips, one in 1909, and one a bit later in 1915.

Gorsky was one of the later photographers in this medium, but he certainly wasn’t someone who fades in comparison. The earlier individuals are people who were experimenting with different methods, cameras, exposures, and emulsions (The light-sensitive coating that was smeared on the glass plate to permanently imprint the image after the exposure). Individuals like Adolf Miethe (who was active in 1902 onwards), and Edward Raymond Turner (The Englishman who filmed the first color photographs in 1902) have one thing in common –They all…

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