Month: February 2020

The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)

The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944) The image you see above is titled “Village of Saatli. Mugan Steppe” taken in 1905 by Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. During his travels throughout the Russian Empire, Gorskii traveled to the Caucasus region in 1904-1905 to photograph the many settlements established by various Russian subjects. The village of Saatli,Continue reading “The Works of Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii (1863-1944)”

Camels, and Railroads, and Bears….

Russian Peasant girls holding berries

Sergeĭ Mikhaĭlovich Prokudin-Gorskiĭ, “Krestʹi︠a︡nskīi︠a︡ Di︠e︡vushki. [Rossiĭskai︠a︡ Imperii︠a︡],” still image, 1909, https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/prokc.21043.

Oh my! Well, not bears….Even though bears are something traditionally associated with Imperial Russia (as are the peasant girls captured in this evocative photograph by Prokudin-Gorskii), this first set of posts took us all over the empire – from the Caucasus to Siberia  and many points in between. Please dive into this rich exploration of the Russian Empire in a time of great social and economic change.

Cossacks on the Railroad

A Sign of Rapid Change This picture is particularly compelling as it poignantly shows Russia’s transition from its feudal and rural past and its road to industrialization. In the frame we can clearly see Cossacks. The Cossacks were a vital … Continue reading

Much Ado About Swords- Exploring the Zlatoust weapons foundry through photographs

As part of my 20th Century Russia history class, we have to pick a photograph taken by Sergei Prokudin-Gorskii. As I was browsing through the World Digital Library gallery, a group of pictures stood out to me. Entitled “Successive Steps in the Production of Blades, Scabbards, and Manufacture of Welded Damask Steel at the ZlatoustContinue reading “Much Ado About Swords- Exploring the Zlatoust weapons foundry through photographs”