Let me share with you a set of good quality photos by S.M. Prokudin-Gorsky (1863-1944) — chemist and one of the first color photographer in the world, best known for his pioneering work in color photography of early 20th-century. All of these photos were taken in Russia, Belarus, Ukrain, Azerbaijan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Georgia, Turkey, Switzerland and Western Europe in 1904-1916. My selection of 64 photos contains almost only photos with people.


1909, Russua. Three generations. A.P. Kalganov with son and granddaughter. The last two work in the shops of the Zlatoust plant.

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1907, Uzbekistan. Chained prisoners, Bukhara

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1911, Uzbekistan. Emir of Bukhara. Bukhara

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1911, Russia. Dagestani types, village of Arakani

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1907, Uzbekistan. Prison of the town of Bukhara.

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1907, Uzbekistan, Bakery in the town of Bukhara

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1916, Russia. On the handcar outside Petrozavodsk on the Murmansk railway

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1910, Russia. Work at the Bakalskii mine, Tiazhelyi iron mine. Irkuskan hill near Bakal

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1907, Kyrgyzstan. At the Saliuktin mines.

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1909, Russia. Peasant girls, Topornya village

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1909, Russia. Dagestan, village of Arakani, Lezgian

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1912, Georgia. Georgian women, in the park of Borzhom

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1912, Georgia, Cotton. In Sukhum Botanical Garden

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1912, Azerbaijan. Mugan. Settler’s family. Settlement of Grafovka, Grafskii

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1911, Uzbekistan. Sart types. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. Nazar Magomet. Golodnaia Steppe

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1911, Uzbekistan, Nomadic Kirghiz. Golodnaia Steppe

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1910, Russia. Spinning yarn. In the village of Izvedovo

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1911, Russia. His Highness Khan of Khiva in Winter Palace, Saint Petersburg

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1912, Russia. Laying concrete for the dam’s sluice. Near the village of Beloomut

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1911, Uzbekistan. Doctors. Samarkand

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1912, Turkey. Mullah with his female students near the Artomelinskaia mosque in Artvin

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1910, Russia. Bashkir switchman. Near Ust-Katav station

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1912, Turkey. Armenian woman in holiday attire, Artvin

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1909, Russia. Ostrechiny. Study. Svir River

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1912, Georgia. Mullahs in mosque. Aziziia. Batum

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1912, Azerbaijan, Mugan Steppe. Georgian woman in a folk costume

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1916, Russia. Group of railroad construction participants. On the pier in Kem-Pristan

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1916, Russia. Baling machine for hay. Near Kondopoga village

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1916, Russia. Austrian prisoners of war near a barrack, near Kondopoga village

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1916, Russia. Group. Near the lake of Vygozero

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1911, Uzbekistan. Bukhara bureaucrat. At the palace In the Emir’s Shir-Budun garden near Bukhara

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1911, Uzbekistan, Shepherd. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. Sentry at the palace, and old cannons. In Registan square. Bukhara

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1911, Uzbekistan. At work on the upper reaches of the Syr-Darya. Golodnaia Steppe

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1912, Russia. Night camp by a rock on the bank of the Chusovaia

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1911, Uzbekistan. Camel caravan carrying thorns for fodder. Golodnaia Steppe

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1904, Ukraine. In Little Russia. Near the town of Putivl in Kursk Province

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Study with boy. Western Europe

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1912, Belorussia. Harvested field. Vitebsk Province

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1909, Russia. Haying at the Leushinskii Monastery

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1911, Uzbekistan. Group of Jewish children with a teacher. Samarkand

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1908, Switzerland. At veranda in Lugano

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1912, Georgia. Packaging department. Borzhom

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1911, Uzbekistan. On the Registan. Samarkand

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1911, Turkmenistan. Supplying cotton to cotton-processing manufacture in the Murgab Estate. Bairam-Ali

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1911, Uzbekistan. Prime Minister of Bukhara (Kush-Beggi)

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1907, Uzbekistan. Students. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. Carpenter. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. Trader in the Registan. Samarkand

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1909, Russia. Northwest part of the town of Zlatoust

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1916, Russia. Group of railroad construction participants. On the pier in Kem-Pristan

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1911, Uzbekistan. Kebab restaurant. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. In the court of Shir-Dor mosque. Samarkand

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1909, Russia. Pinkhus Karlinskii. Eighty-four years old. Sixty-six years of service. Supervisor of Chernigov floodgate

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1911, Turkmenistan. Tekin with his family. Bairam-Ali area

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1911, Turkmenistan. Supplying cotton to cotton-processing manufacture. Bairam-Ali area, Murgab Estate

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1911, Uzbekistan. Water-carrier. Samarkand

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1911, Uzbekistan. Policeman in Samarkand

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1911, Turkmenistan. Workers packing oil cake. Bairam-Ali

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1911, Turkmenistan. Dzhigit Ibragim. Bairam-Ali area

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1907, Kyrgyzstan. Observing a solar eclipse on January 1, 1907, near the Cherniaevo Station in the Tian-Shan mountains above the Saliukta mines

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1907, Uzbekistan. Elderly Sart man (Babaika), Samarkand

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1912, Georgia, On the Skuritskhali River. Study. Orto-Batum village. Self-portrait

Source: ww.prokudin-gorsky.org

See also


1940-1943. 4×5 Kodachromes

If you are interesting in colors in film and digital photography, you can read my book “LIFELIKE: A Book on Color in Digital Photography” in English:

Yours,
Pavel Kosenko