WHAT did the Russian Empire between 1905 and 1915? Thanks to these images and more from the work of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection, we get some idea. Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) set out to record the landscape and its people in colour:
[Isfandiyar, Khan of the Russian protectorate of Khorezm(Khiva), full-length portrait in uniform, seated on chair, outdoors]
Some articles from the Staritsa Monastery sacristy: Saint Dionysius’ mitre, Saint Dionysius’ censer and cross. Patriarch Iov’s cross
Emir of Bukhara. Bukhara
Sart woman. Samarkand
Armenian women (Catholics) in customary dress.
Peasant woman breaking flax. Perm Province
Bashkir woman in a folk costume
Austrian prisoners of war near a barrack, [near Kiappeselga]
On the handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway
Woodcutters on the Svir River.
hree young women offer berries to visitors to their izba, a traditional wooden house, in a rural area along the Sheksna River, near the town of Kirillov.
Pinkhus Karlinskii. Eighty-four years [old]. Sixty-six years of service. Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate.