Tag: mining

Sergei Witte and Russia’s Industrial Revolution

As the personal photographer to Tsar Nicholas II, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii traveled across the vast lands of Russia photographing various scenes of Russia for the Tsar and his family. Born into a noble family in 1863, Prokudin-Gorskii was considered a “pioneer of color photography, talented scientist and inventor, educator, and social activist” (prokudin-gorsky.org). Above all else, his work […]


  Prisoners of War constituted an important economic force both as laborers within the camps, as well as in agriculture and the industry outside of them. They were not entirely isolated from Russian society. There was always a great deal of uncertainty for Prisoners of War. The upheaval in Russia during World War I resulted […]

#1: “Transportation of Lumber for the Smelting of Iron Ore”

Prokudin-Gorskii’s photographic record of late Imperial Russia during the early 1900s provides a fascinating insight into the rapidly changing landscape of the country and its inhabitants.  In Prokudin-Gorskii’s “Transportation of Lumber of the Smelting of Iron Ore,” laborers are pictured sitting atop birch logs at the Bakal iron mines. The logs were used as a source of fuel and […]

Railways and Nickel

Railways were important in the early 1900s because of its extensive use in transporting various minerals, specially nickel in this photograph, along with transporting passengers across vast distances. In this picture, Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii (right) had taken a picture with two pioneers that are in Cossack dress (left) which was taken in 1915. Prokudin-Gorskii had taken […]